Do you live in Richmond and think that your Hot Water System is not far off giving up? Are you in Fitzroy and your Hot water System is on the fritz? Do you have a Storage Hot water system that runs out before you get a good shower in on those cold Melbourne mornings?
You may need a Hot Water System replacement. There are 2 main types to consider when making the decision.
- Gas Hot Water Service.
- Electric Hot water Service.
With the right gas hot water set-up it is cheaper than an electric HWS. With instantaneous gas there’s no lag time waiting for water to heat. That being said whether you go gas or electric can be decided based on what services are already run, space available and the specific needs of the house/ building it is servicing
These 2 categories can be further divided into either Storage HWS or Continuous Flow HWS.
Gas Hot Water Services advantages
Gas hot water system are generally faster in heating water, they are generally cheaper and are easier to changeover as a plumber with a disconnect/reconnect ticket can wire up the new unit as opposed to getting a licenced electrician to site
Electric Hot Water Services advantages
Electric water heaters are safer than gas because they avoid the hazards and problems associated with using a combustion process to heat water. As a rule of thumb they usually require less space to install as well. They generally last longer as the heating process is not as hard on the parts of the hws.
Maintaining your Electric Hot Water service
No matter which type of hot water service you choose to get installed there are some important things that can assist in getting a longer life out of your hws.
You should have your water heater serviced at least once a year. The most important part of hws maintenance is flushing the unit. If you don’t flush it, sediment, ruat and corrosion will build up inside your hws tank which can block valves, contaminate your hot water supply and lead to a much shorter life for your unit.
What size to get for my Hot Water Service Replacement in Richmond?
Whilst there are general guides to sizing a hws for your household a licenced plumber will be able to recommend a unit that will adequately service your homes needs. This can be based on number of occupants, size of service lines already installed and number of fixtures.
When was your Gas Hot Water System Installed?
Most units installed these days have a clearly visible manufacture date on the side of the unit or on the back of the cover plate of the hot water service. As a rough guide tankless or instantaneous systems generally have a lifespan of 15 to 20 years whilst storage tank hot water services have a slightly shorter lifespan generally lasting 10-15 years.
Servicing your Hot Water System in Fitzroy
Common things that can be serviced or maintained on your Hot Water Service are tempering valves, Isolation or duo valves, Igniters, Pressure Switches, Pressure Temperature Relief Valves and many more. Regular maintenance of all parts of your Hot Water Service in Melbourne will help lengthen the life of your Hot Water Service and maximise the performance of your system.
Whether you have a gas hot water system or an electric hot water system if you need any advice or servicing you should always consult a licenced plumber that will be able to offer advice and different options to keep your water hot and your home happy.