Electric Shock When Touching Shower Head?

A hand grabbing a handheld showerhead.
If you are experiencing a small electric shock when you touch your metal showerhead, that can be indicitave of a serious problem in your electrical system. Careful troubleshooting should be done. If the problem cannot be detected easily, it would be best to contact a professional electrician.


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December 17, 2019

We live in an apartment. I was in the shower and got a nice jolt of electricity it hurt and it was when I touched the shower head. I got out and got my touch tester and all the faucets in the apartment are hot just when the water heater breaker is on.

I can shower if I let the water heater build up and then shut the breaker off. Anybody know whether it is a bad breaker or water heater? The breaker is not tripping.


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December 18, 20190 found this helpful
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If you are living in an apartment the landlord needs to fix this. He has a short in the heater or it is wired incorrectly. Do not attempt to fix this and call immediately.


This is very dangerous and you could get badly hurt. I would call right now and have them fix it immediately.

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December 19, 20190 found this helpful
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Having lived in many apartments, I learned most landlords just want to be told there is a problem and mine (especially my last one) was not happy if I tried to figure out what was going on BEFORE I told him. He just wanted told immediately. Best just to tell the person (or property manager ASAP). This sounds dangerous and scary so hopefully they will resolve it quickly. Post back with an update!

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December 17, 20190 found this helpful

If you live in an apartment, notify the landlord or the super immediately. Electricity and water do not mix. Do not attempt to fix this yourself. Let them get a qualified electrician.

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