Mr.Steam has released a 3 min. video which describes how to install a steam generator. If you're planning a home steam shower and are interested in learning what's involved, you'll find the video worth watching. It's of particular value to steam shower professionals so feel free to share it with your licensed plumber/electrician!
Here are highlights for you to reference as you watch Mr.Steam's Feel Good Inc. video about How to install a steam generator. The video demonstrates visually best practices for installing a steam generator and the notes below support the video. We invite you to make your own notes as you watch.
A few special reminders before watching the How to install a steam generator video:
- Confirm if the voltage matches the generator (280v or 240v). 240v is standard in single family households.
- Make sure all plumbing and electrical wiring is performed by a qualified licensed plumber and electrician in accordance with applicable national and local codes.
- The power should be disconnected at the breaker before installation.
The steam shower generator can be installed in different places.
- In a heated attic
- In a closet
- In a vanity
- In the space under your steam shower bench (with access panel outside of shower)
Step 1: Installation of the steam shower generator
Make sure the steam generator is upright and level.
Step 2: Installation of the water feed
Use copper or brass only (no pex or PVC).
Step 3: Connect the steam line
The steamhead should be installed 6-12 inches from the shower floor.
Step 4: Installation of the drain line
Pitch as required for a gravity drain.
1 inch gap indirect drain system (check local plumbing code or other option).
Check national and local plumbing code for pressure relief valve, receptor, trap and vent requirements.
Step 5: Electrical installation for the steam generator
Use a minimum 90 degrees Celsius / 300v rated insulated copper conductor only (sized per NEC and local codes). Size in accordance with the amperage rating of the steam generator.
Install a separate circuit breaker between the power supply and the steam generator unit. Provide a power supply disconnect within sight of the steam generator or one that is capable of being locked into the open position.
Make sure that the power supply is off!
Step 6: Installation of iTempo Control Plus
Create a rectangular cut out which measures 2 5/6 in. x 3 7/8 in.
The iTempo control should be installed 4-5 feet from the floor near the seating area. Do not install above the steamhead!
Make sure a control cable is installed in a non metallic 3/4" conduit for protection and easy access.
Turn the water on.
At the appropriate time, turn the power supply on to test the iTempo control before mounting it permanently on the wall.
Turn the power supply off while completing the full and permanent installation. Add silicone as shown.
Step 7: Test the steam generator installation
This is the moment we've all been waiting for!
Turn the power supply back on. Then, turn iTempo Plus on... and the steam begins to flow while you begin to relax!
Congratulations, you now have your own spa shower to enjoy every day!
You can watch the 3 min. 23 sec. video on Vimeo by clicking on How to install Steam Generator, or watch it below.
BTW - please be aware of the following cautionary note - This video is for promotional purposes only. For complete installation and operation information, please refer to the Mr.Steam residential steam bath Installation and Operation Manual provided with the product and available at mrsteam.com. Failure to follow instructions in the manual may result in an inoperable or hazardous installation. The diagrams are for illustrative purposes only.
Now that you've read the notes and watched the Mr.Steam How to Install a Steam Generator video, what questions come to mind for you or your licensed professionals?