Water is our most precious natural resource. Water sustains life as no living form on Earth can survive without it. As well as drinking, fresh cold water has many uses and needs but the temperature is not ideal for everything. Cold showers are unpleasant to say the least. Cold baths are a deal breaker. Washing dirty dishes in cold water is pointless (the oil and grime won’t budge). The answer is to warm the water to a point where its uses are maximised. Hot water is perhaps the best invention since sliced bread! We have come to need hot water in our homes and now rely on this luxury feature of our modern indoor plumbing systems. The importance of hot water is immeasurable.
Hot Water Heater, Hot Water System
However, hot water can cause severe burns and scald and therefore poses a risk to children and the elderly. It is a recent setting of all new hot water system installations that the water running through a home should not be heated to any greater than 50 degrees Celsius. This is the temperature deemed safe enough to use and enjoy whilst minimising any potential for harm.
There are different options for heating water available to consumers, with gas and electricity traditionally being the most common fuels to raise and set water temperature. Electric hot water systems (HWS) release roughly the same amount of greenhouse emissions as that of an average car. Although electric can heat at all times of the day, it is losing popularity due to the higher expense in running costs. Gas hot water systems generally have lower upfront costs for those properties already connected to gas, and is seen as environmentally friendly. A solar hot water system provides 50-90% of all household hot water needs and uses either electric or gas boosters in order to run. Heat pump hot water systems are either air sourced or electric and have the advantage of taking up minimal space. There is also choice in either storage systems (which can be viewed as a water saving feature) versus instantaneous or continuous flow water heaters.
When the means for delivering hot water to our homes malfunctions, there is a sense of panic in the air. The hot water system usually goes suddenly, with a bang, not a whimper. It is never a good time to lose hot water! The services of an emergency plumber provide the answer to getting hot water back up and running before too much inconvenience is suffered.
Hot Water Heater Repairs
Our Plumbers can install hot water Heater in your homes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – that’s what we all want and expect.
Has your hot water heater broken down? Call us now on 1300 475 862 or book online to get urgent repairs and service fast. We will call you back within 5 minutes between 8am and 8pm 7 days a week.
Our Emergency Service Team can Hot Water System Repairs 7 days a week. In emergencies we can even be on site to help you in one hour – if required. Using satellite van tracking and state of the art radio communications we can send a plumber from nearby to get to you sooner than the competition!
Service and maintenance is available for all makes and models of hot water heaters including:
- Electric Hot Water System
- Gas Hot Water System
- Solar Hot Water System
Tankless Hot Water System
Tankless hot water system can supply an endless supply of hot water, and can save you energy since they do not have standby losses like storage type water heaters.
Energy is saved by Tankless Water System
Tankless hot water heaters save energy and thus money. Water heating accounts for up to 20% or more of an average household’s annual energy expenditures. The yearly operating costs for conventional gas or electric storage tank water heaters average $200 or $450, respectively. This places the monthly savings at about $3.00 to $9.00 a month.
Point of use tankless water heaters
In the past tankless water heaters were usually used as “point of use” heaters. Point of use water heaters operate more efficiently than whole house water heaters since there is only a short distance between the heater and the fixture. This eliminates the piping losses and reduces the hot water used each time a use occurs. With a long pipe, when you finish using hot water you have also “used” all the hot water left to cool in the pipe. You paid for the energy to heat that water.
Point of use installations use smaller heaters since they don’t have to supply more than one fixture at a time. The smaller installations are much less expensive than whole house water heaters.
Whole house tankless water heaters
Saving money with a whole house tankless water heater is much more difficult due to the higher cost of installation. Typically whole house gas tankless heaters need substantially larger flues, and often they must be stainless steel. Chances are you will also need to have a larger than normal gas pipe. Even though they burn gas to heat the water, they have electronic controls, so in the event of a power outage you will not be able to get hot water…something to think about.
Electric whole house tankless water heaters require a huge amount of electricity to operate. Standard house wiring will not usually be acceptable, and you will have to run a dedicated electrical service line to the heater. This can be quite expensive.
Our emergency plumbing service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
And we always carry spares and parts with us to suit most makes and models to get the job done on the spot and get your hot water running again as quickly as possible.