Top 3 Electric Shower Problems You Should Know About

There are 3 common electric shower problems that you might face when you equip them for your bathroom. It is easier to make an educated buy, or fix a problem if you first know what to look for! Our findings do not represent all makes and models of electric shower, but we do see these faults the most.

Changes in Temperature of the Water

If your water is coming out cold that probably means that one or more of the elements have burned out or overheated for a time. If your elements overheat as a safety measure it will turn itself off. This is paired with making sure you have equal amounts coming from your heating elements. An electric shower can only heat so much water at a time, so make sure your value is turned so you get a steady stream to avoid hot and cold-water showers.

Why is the Water Coming From This Angle?

Every now and then a hose will get kinked in your shower causing pressure to build up. Then inside the heating element will reject the water and you will see water coming from the bottom of your shower. This is a good thing because that means your pressure release mechanism is working and putting water somewhere, where it can’t make too much of a mess. But can still be super frustrating, good thing each manufacturer has a procedure to easily fix this problem.

There is No Water Coming Out!

Not seeing or hearing any water when you turn your shower on is just as bad as a cold shower. The number one fault with electric showers is their solenoid valve, it can break at any time and that may mean you might be left with only half of your leg shaved. When the valve breaks water is no longer allowed into the shower and there you will stand.

We hope this article helps you choose the right shower for you. No fix is too big to fix, but sometimes getting a nice amount and temperature of the water with an electric shower can be difficult if you don’t know what you are doing!

How to Brew Vietnamese Iced Coffee

Vietnamese style iced coffee (ca phe sua da or cà phê sữa đá) is super easy to make and all you need is a stainless steel filter that costs around $7 USD online. If you live in a city with a Vietnamese grocery store, you will likely find them even cheaper.

Vietnamese coffee can be served hot, but for this tutorial, we are going to brew an iced coffee that is both strong and sweet.

Although it is traditional to use dark roasted coffee for this drink, I discovered it is perfectly fine to use a medium roast. However, light roasted coffees should be avoided as they tend to be overpowered by the sweetness of the condensed milk.

What You’ll Need

  • Vietnamese Coffee Filter
  • Ground coffee
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Spoon
  • Glass or mug
  • Ice
  • (optional) fish sauce and a toothpick

Vietnamese Coffee Brewer set

Vietnamese Coffee Filter Set

#1 Add Condensed Milk to Glass

You don’t need much, as condensed milk is very sweet. Start with just enough to cover the bottom, maybe 1/3 of an inch (~1 cm). You can always add more condensed milk later. Don’t add the ice yet. That is the last step.

condensed milk and Vietnamese coffee brewer

#2 Remove the Top Screen of Filter

The coffee will go underneath the top screen, so remove it before adding coffee.

#3 Add Ground Coffee to Filter

Add one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee. There are various opinions on the best grind level. Everything from french press coarse to espresso fine. How tight the filter is screwed on will also play a role. Medium grind is a good place to start.

Add Ground Coffee to Vietnamese brewer

Some variations of this recipe use chicory. This is optional. You could use a coffee such as Cafe du Monde, which has chicory in it or you could add it yourself. If you mix in chicory yourself, you don’t need more than 1/2 a teaspoon.

Cafe Du Monde Coffee Chicory, 15-Ounce (Pack of 3)
Cafe Du Monde Coffee Chicory, 15-Ounce (Pack of 3) 

#4 Cover with Top Filter

Screw the top filter until it is snug. If you decided to use a coarse grind, you may need to go a little tighter. More on that below.

Remove Top Filter Lid of Vietnamese Coffee brewer

#5 Set Brewer Over Glass with Stand

The advantage of brewing into a glass instead of a mug is you can watch the brewing take place.

Setup Vietnamese coffee brewer on glass

#6 Add Hot Water

Fill the Vietnamese Coffee Filter with hot water. I usually take water to boil and then let it cool for about 30 seconds before pouring.

The water should take between 4 and 5 minutes to pass through the filter. If it goes too fast, you can either tighten the top filter or use a less coarse grind. If it goes too slow, either the grind is too fine or the filter is screwed in too tight.

There is also a lid you can place on top of the filter. I don’t use it. I prefer to monitor the progress of the brew so I know if I need to make adjustments to the grind or adjust the tightness of the top filter.

fill Vietnamese coffee filter with hot water

#7 Wait for Brew to Complete

The easiest part. Just wait for the water to pass through the filter. For the first few brews, use a timer. The coffee will drip through the filter. Aim for between 4 and 5 minutes. See the advice in Step #6 if you are outside that range.

Notice how the coffee layers on top of the condensed milk.

Finished Vietnamese Coffee Brewing

#8 Mix the Coffee and Condensed Milk

Stir the condensed milk into the brewed coffee. Some recipes call for adding additional sugar. I found the drink sweet enough, but let your palate be your judge.

Mix Coffee with Condensed milk for Vietnamese iced coffee

#9 (optional) Add Fish Sauce

Some places in Vietnam will soak the end of a toothpick with fish sauce and stir it into the coffee. I believe the reason for doing this is that a small amount of salt or salty flavor has been known to cut the bitterness. Darker roasted coffee, especially French Roast, tends to be more bitter. So by adding just a tiny amount of fish sauce which happens to be salty, the heavily roasted coffee can taste smoother. If the coffee you are using is not a dark roast, I would skip this step.

#10 Serve With Ice

Mix the ice into the drink and enjoy!

Iced Vietnamese Coffee