Written on: 11/07/2011
We liked this shower,s pressure so much that when the "cannot turn it off" problem occoured we bought another. this one developed the same fault after a couple of years, so, since we can access the pipes via a cupboard in the adjacent room, we fitted a turn off stop valve to the pipe supplying the hot water, and for about a year have been nipping into that spare room to turn the shower on/off. cranky but efficient. having read previous reviews my husband is now tasked with dismantling -... (read more)
Written on: 05/01/2011 by GraKay (1 review written)
I too have had issues with the shower unit not shutting down for several seconds until on Xmas Day (!) it wouldn't shut down at all! I have just stripped it down and after removing 8 screws from the bottom of the unit I found the piston on the hot water side was stuck. I took that apart (access via a screw above it - the hot water valve slips out to get access), silicon greased it all and it is now working! I feel like a conquering hero!!! (read more)
Written on: 01/01/2011
Our shower unit is now around 4-5 years old & same problem.............
it wont turn off!
Ours was purchased from Wickes who obviously sold it under their own brand name but it did say it was Croydex. Both Wickes & Croydex do not want to know! It is so very obviously a manufacturing fault, no wonder Wickes no longer sell these shower units.
Consequently we are searching these reviews for help & assume everyone else is doing the same.
D Williams (read more)
Written on: 04/09/2009
Initially the Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer shower worked fine and replaced the original unit without to much disruption to the cubical. However shortly after a water softner had been fitted to our mains supply the h2o hydro powered shower developed problems mainly with the hot water supply not turning off. The system has been isolated and we are expecting a plumber to see if he can fix it early next week. After reading the revues I wont be holding my breath. (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2009 by Turn Off (1 review written)
I had the original Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer (a thinish square unit ) some 5 yrs ago and after 2yrs it would not turn off properly.
I was sent free of charge a completly new unit but of a different style (a round unit with large round wheel dial on/off assembly on the front ) but working on the same hot/cold mixing method ie `ventury principal`.
This has now developed the same fault of not turning off after having a hot shower.However, I have overcome this problem (not by repair and... (read more)
Written on: 06/01/2009 by davd (1 review written)
The Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer is no longer made and no spares available. Now as rare as hen's teeth and equivalently expensive. Frustrating. These units should be a mainstay of production of British industry and lack of spare parts is a short term business decision of which the UK is currently reaping rewards I think. (read more)
Written on: 23/11/2008 by namron1 (1 review written)
My experience is similar. Folks, to repair the Aquadart leaking, does the white plastic bar that moves along to open the shower pull right out and is there a O Ring on the end of it that needs replacing to stop the leak.
Also where does one add the sicilon grease to make to operate better (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2008 by C Rich (1 review written)
Both my Croydex H2O and older Hydroflow are leaking so badly that the lower pressure will not pull the hot water sufficiently. Can anyone suggest a sealant that would work on this type of plastic. It happened when I had to take them apart to solve the 'not turning-off' problem, then they leaked from all the joints, especially the top plate. The dripping/not turning off is easy to fix, but so far I'm stuck with the leaking issue.
Would be great if someone could make a more robust version,... (read more)
Written on: 27/04/2008 by willg (1 review written)
I'm in the plumbing business. The very low cost and hence minimal retail profit margin prevented promotion of this Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer through normal plumbing outlets.
I am very sorry that croydex discontinued production several years ago,and that no other similar product ,at a sensible price is currently available in the uk.(April 2008) (read more)
Written on: 25/03/2008
Please Croydex give us a suitable alternative to this shower, without us having to replace tiles and pipework. I just want to put something else in its place! (read more)
Written on: 20/02/2008 by claire2 (1 review written)
Loved this shower but unfortunately after nearly 3 years the hot water wouldn't switch off. Had a plumber look at it last night and showed him david 38 comments but could see nothing wrong with it.
Got to go looking for a new shower now but haven't a clue what to look for to fit properly and save me retiling??? Any ideas?? Also if I buy a shower valve is that the mechanism to be fitted onto pipes and shower head or do I have to buy other parts after that??? Please help??? (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2008 by jeanie h
Had the Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer shower less than 4 years and it would not turn off, seems to be a particular fault but having read David's comments of July 2007 we removed the dial, stripped it down, cleaned it out and applied silicon grease, it now works a treat. There was a lot of debris due to the water in the road being turned off a few times I think but silicon grease seems to be the answer. Many thanks to David 07 (read more)
Written on: 15/02/2008
Powerful hot shower, easy to install, no electrics. Excellent, its a shame that croydex dont make them anymore. Hard water may cause problems, but doesn't it with all showers? (read more)
Written on: 08/02/2008 by john58 (1 review written)
Any ideas on how I get to the spring or springs to re-grease would be greatly appreciated. (read more)
Written on: 06/01/2008 by powshow
Probably would have got top marks from everyone if only the unit had silicone grease or a grease that didn't harden. Apart from this the unit can be adjusted for perfect shower. (read more)
Written on: 02/01/2008 by jack monday
Cheap and easy to install, works well initially. You get what you pay for, cheap means poor product. I have had 2 units each lasted about 18 months before something goes wrong, in my case the hot water continued to run after turning off on both units (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2007 by hfernee (1 review written)
The Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer is easy to use, and it is cheap. Unfortunately, the unit has broken twice, and I now can't replace it, and I can't get replacement parts, as it is not made any more. (read more)
Written on: 31/08/2007 by mazzab
If you have good water pressure then I would recommend the Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer shower over any electric shower any day. (read more)
Written on: 13/07/2007 by david 38 (1 review written)
When it wouldn't turn off I stripped it down and found that the assembly lubricant had hardened and was stopping the spring loaded piston from closing properly, preventing the turn off. After cleaning the parts, I reassembled the Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer shower using silicone grease. I have had no problems since. (read more)
Written on: 26/03/2007 by Michael Hetreed (1 review written)
It replaced an Aquadart hydroflo shower (no longer made) and is better in most ways. Dripping and unreliable turn off indicate a short life (installed end 2004). Replacement may be difficult without replumbing/retiling. Bother. (read more)
Written on: 08/10/2006 by s7anley (1 review written)
The Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer Shower has plenty of pressure and is easy to fit but it started leaking after 18 months and I can't find a replacement. I can't fit another shower onto the pipe fittings, as they are precise for this model, without re-plumbing! I'd like to simply replace it but looks like it is discontinued. (read more)
Written on: 17/05/2005 by peterpurdue (1 review written)
Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer:
If the house cold water presure is only average, you will still get get a very good powerful shower. Easy to use and low running cost. Would have given a higher rating if you could purchase a replacement 'o' ring and diaphram kit, would even pay £15 for such a kit. (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2004 by anthony59 (2 reviews written)
Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer - I installed this shower about 10 months ago. On the first attempt used cold water from tank in loft. The pressure was not sufficient, so we tried again, using cold mains supply to feed cold water inlet. The results were good and the shower performed as well as a power shower without the need for power (very good). After that someone in the house turned the knob the wrong way to turn it on (arrows point in both directions). The knob broke, but aftersales... (read more)
Written on: 20/10/2004 by Alex Richards (1 review written)
Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer - I spent a week trying to make the unit work from a storage tank cold water supply (2 metre head with tank full) this included cleaning out the tank, pipes, and adjusting the stopcock so that the tank was as full as possible. Despite this, pressure at the spray head was pathetic, and the shower would only run cold.
I then ran a mains cold water supply to the mixer unit and wow! Pressure is now much better than a pumped power shower elsewhere in the house, and... (read more)
Written on: 24/09/2004 by S R Birkinshaw
Croydex H2O Hydro-Powered Mixer - The unit specifies very precise plumbing requirements, i.e., you must have 60mm centres; you must have the pipes absolutely parallel; you must have the pipes perpendicular to the wall. You have 1mm tolerance on the horizontals sticking out of the wall.
All done. The unit is fitted beautifully; the unit works. Only problem is, the hot water valve inside the unit leaks, The exchange unit (from B&Q, very helpful, exchange no quibble) does the same. The "after... (read more)
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