Hot Water Systems Tamworth
Hot Water System Repairs - Do You Have An Emergency?
No running hot water is an emergency when your business depends on a continuous supply. Fortunately, our team of plumbers take on after-hours work and will happily diagnose your plumbing issues and provide a fast and efficient fix.
We also have the know-how to convert electricity hot water systems to gas, install new systems, provide temperature checks and update taps to thermostatic mixing valves.
Call our Tamworth hot water specialists to discuss your needs.
Hot Water Systems Installation
We have the experience to competently install and repair all brands, makes and models. Let us help you find the perfect gas or electric hot water system to meet your family or businesses requirements.
Tempering & Thermostatic Mixing Valves
To avoid the production of bacteria, most hot water systems are set to more than 60°C. The installation of a tempering valve mixes hot water with cold, so the water at the tap is still hot enough to meet residential needs without scalding. We recommend fitting a tempering valve when hot water systems are installed to safeguard toddlers and seniors.
Thermostatic mixing valves help regulate the temperature of the water flow to stop it changing between hot and cold constantly.
What Is A Gas Hot Water System?
Gas hot water systems use natural gas – or liquefied petroleum gas – to heat water instantly or in storage. To use a gas hot water system, you usually need a connection to the gas mains. Hot water tank systems use an insulated water tank that users can heat at their discretion. In contrast, a continuous flow system does not store water but instantly heats it when necessary.
The choice between tank-based and continuous systems can be a difficult one to make – both have their benefits. First of all, the continuous heater can be more expensive than its tank counterpart but – similar to gas vs electric heaters – the continuous model usually makes up for this over time. Continuous systems can deliver many litres of water every minute, but this might not be enough if you have the shower and the taps running on full-blast. You can install multiple instant systems to alleviate this, but ultimately it should all come down to your water use.
How Do Electric Hot Water Systems Work?
Electric hot water systems connect directly to the home’s electricity – sometimes this can be through a simple plug, but for larger tanks, you’ll have to integrate them into your electrics. The systems use a metallic element (usually made of copper) alongside a wire; passing the electricity through here lets the element heat the water. This heating element will be either in the tank or the pipes – depending upon whether this is a tank or continuous electric hot water system.
Though electric hot water systems may be slightly less efficient than gas hot water systems, it is worth noting that electric continuous flow systems are more efficient than their tank counterparts. This is because they only heat the element if and when necessary – it is, of course, paramount that you do not waste water when using this system, but generally, there is not much of a loss compared to tank-based systems. On top of this, continuous flow systems can last for longer than the alternative, which makes them even more cost-effective as they’ll require less maintenance and replacement.
Is Gas Hot Water Cheaper Than Electric?
Usually, a gas hot water system installation is slightly more expensive than that of an electric hot water system. However, the running costs as you use it are much cheaper, and gas systems release fewer greenhouse gases.
Hot Water Systems Tamworth FAQ
A solar hot water system uses a number of solar collector panels and a storage tank to heat water for households. You normally require around 4 square metres of solar collector space – or two panels – for a 300-litre tank. Larger tanks are necessary to accommodate for days with less sunlight.
A solar hot water system is quite expensive when compared to other systems, but if set up correctly it can be a very cost-effective investment due to the low running costs.
A heat pump hot water system transfers heat from low ambient temperatures into high ambient temperatures. In essence, it works by pumping heat from one area to another area, hence the name heat pump. This is different from air conditioners that extract heat from cooler systems and disperse it into a warm environment.
A heat pump hot water system can work in either direction, so it can provide heating and cooling to a property. They use renewable energy and are more efficient than standard water heaters even though they use electricity. This makes them another good long-term investment as it has low running costs.
Electric hot water systems are probably the most common type of hot water system in Australia. Storage systems send cold water into storage tanks where elements heat up the water. When the water reaches a suitable temperature, it moves to the top and travels to the hot water tap when required.
This type of hot water system heats up water as is required by passing cold water through a heat exchanger. This means that you only use energy when you need hot water, which can make for an extremely efficient set up. It does have quite high running costs, though.
A gas storage hot water system is designed to heat water using a gas burner which is found underneath the storage tank. When cold water passes into the tank, it sinks to the bottom and is heated by the burner. As the temperature rises, so does the hot water and it flows into your hot water pipes as you turn the hot water tap on.