Hot water is an essential part of every home! We underestimate it’s utility, and forget how integral it is to running a comfortable and functional household. If you are in the process of installing/replacing a hot water system/heater here is a quick run through of the most common systems/heaters you may want to consider.
Electric hot water heaters
Electric hot water heaters are a great option as there are many different models on the market, which gives consumers lots of choice. When installing an electric hot water heater we always consider the application and nature of its use before installation, for example is the electric hot water heater going to service a family of three, four, five or even more. This is an important factor to take into consideration as this will determine the volume size of the hot water heater. We want to ensure energy costs are not wasted on heating water in the unit cylinder when it is not needed.
On the other hand, it’s important to note that not having an electric hot water heater with enough capacity may cause a lack of hot water. This can be quite frustrating and inconvenient, especially when you and the family need to have showers before school or work. So please make sure you contact us to run through your options.
Depending on the location and property type the electric hot water heaters are to be installed or replaced. They can be connected to an off peak (j-tariff) power source, which essentially refers to the time the hot water heater is able to gain power to heat the cylinder. Normally units will heat up throughout the night and into the early hours of the morning.
The J-Tariff meter which feeds the hot water heater can sometimes have a boost button which allows the occupier of the property to heat the hot water unit in the event it is low on hot water. This happens when too much hot water is used.
Low pressure hot water heaters, aka gravity feed hot water heaters tend to be installed in ceiling spaces. Customers commonly change from this type of unit to a storage or continuous flow hot water heater. This is due to the low pressure of hot water flowing through to the taps. When this happens it can be difficult to get to the desired temperature and is quite frustrating, especially when trying to have a shower as the cold tends to have more pressure which can override the hot flow of water. There are options we can help you with to improve or convert your low gravity feed hot water heater to allow your hot taps more pressure and reduce your frustrations mixing your hot and cold water to get to the right temperature.
When it comes to the repair and maintenance of electric hot water heaters, in some cases it’s not too difficult. Compared to other systems there aren’t as many components which simplifies the process. They tend to have a thermostat, element, and valves for isolation along with a pressure and temperature relief valve and in some cases an expansion control valve, along with other components.
Unlike other systems, electric water heaters have a low upfront cost and are extremely efficient. Rather than continually generating hot water, a water heater can store water for a later date so you are never forced to have that dreaded cold shower.
Natural gas hot water heaters can heat water in different ways depending on the volume of water required. This is why picking the right hot water is very important as the heater needs to accommodate the number of people living in the home, unit, flat etc.
Continuous flow systems
A common type of natural gas water heater would be a continuous flow system. These units recognise when a hot tap is used or turned on and immediately turns on the heating cycle allowing gas to flow within the unit and heat up the water. Once the hot tap is turned off the unit will turn off, simple but effective. Another component that most models have, depending on the brand and make, is the ability to have a temperature controller fitted to the unit. This is either by hard wiring to the unit itself or through Bluetooth which is controlled via an app on your phone. Temperature controllers can be a great way to give you control of the water temperature in the shower or other taps in the house. Unlike other systems once the temperature is set you just need to turn on the hot tap, rather than waiting for the hot and cold water to mix. This not only saves you money on your water bills but can be very convenient when you are filling a bath with water at your perfect temperature.
Size does matter with continuous flow hot water heaters, as picking a small unit may not allow various hot taps to be used with great flow These types of units will have a lower amount of pressure flowing through the taps when they are used. This can be solved through installing a larger size heater which will accommodate a number of taps to be used simultaneously, allowing a better flow of hot water than a smaller unit.
Another style of natural gas hot water heater systems is a storage tank. These systems store a volume of hot water within a cylinder which is heated by natural gas, normally by a burner. These can be a great way to produce hot water, although picking the right size is again important. A tank that is too small may not allow sufficient hot water to be stored and then you will quickly run out of hot water, or if it is too big then you are wasting heating costs.
There is nothing more frustrating than running out of hot water, which can happen when you don’t choose the right unit. Rather than wasting money, be sure to seek the right advice before installing your hot water heater.
Despite the benefits, gas heaters do run the rare risk of leakages. A gas leak can be quite dangerous and expensive to repair. This is why repairs and maintenance of your natural gas system is extremely important. Furthermore another downside to continuous flow hot water systems is they will not provide hot water in the event of a power outage. This is because there is no hot water stored within the cylinder. In saying that there are types of gas continuous flow hot water heaters that do not require a power source to heat the water.
Storage hot water
A tank-based hot water system is a very common choice. In a tank system, cold water is routed into the tank and heated before being moved to outlets throughout the home.
Tank systems are available in a variety of sizes so that it can suit any household! Better yet, most hot water heaters are constructed with a material that retains heat so that it lasts and operates efficiently.
Solar hot water
Another option should you want to conserve and save on energy costs is to install a solar or gas electric hot water heater, these come in different styles, brands, and models. The solar collector panels are normally located/installed on the roof with the tank located on either the ground or up on the roof near the panels. These units can cost more than the normal conventical units, however they can save you more on your energy bills. If you’re thinking of going solar you might be eligible/qualify for STC’c, which is a government rebate.
Here are some types of brands on the market:
- Aqua heat
Sizes range from 25 litre, 50 litre, 80 litre, 160 litre, 250 litre and more.
Heat pump hot water systems
A heat pump system operates by collecting air from its surroundings and circulating it through a pump to create heat. The heat that is created is then used to warm up your water. It’s energy efficient and environmentally friendly, which makes this system extremely modern and cutting edge.
If you choose to install this system you are likely to save money on your energy bills, as you are generating your own energy to heat up the water. Although, if you are considering this type of system it’s important to take into consideration the area you live in.
Similarly to solar panel heating, this system works best in warmer climates, therefore it might not be as effective if you live in a place that is very cold. Although, for Australian’s this is rarely an issue!
South Australian residential water heater requirements
When installing hot water systems across SA, Will’s plumbing will always consider and comply with the South Australian water heater requirements (plumbing advisory note).
Water heater installers near me
Will’s Plumbing has extensive experience and knowledge when it comes to installing and replacing new hot water systems. Whether it be heat pump water heaters, continuous flow hot water heaters, solar hot water heaters or storage hot water systems…we have you covered!
It is extremely inconvenient to be without hot water! So, if your system needs a refresh, don’t hesitate to contact Will’s Plumbing right away. Save time and money by not having to wait for days for it to be repaired or replaced. Whether it be the installation of a hot water system or the repair of a burst pipe our team can fix the issue.
As well as installation, Will’s Plumbing can assist you in choosing the right system to suit your needs. We will talk you through all of the water heating options that are available with consideration for your home, family, lifestyle, and budget. In addition, the team is happy to walk you through the decision-making process and answer any questions.
If you need a highly professional service with a quick response, Will’s Plumbing provides a complete plumbing solution 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, weekends and holidays without charging an arm and a leg. If it is time to repair or replace your water heater, Will’s Plumbing is here to help!