Electric or Gas – Which Hot Water System Should I Install?

Gas vs Electric Hot Water Systems If you are looking at getting a new hot water unit installation, you may be wondering which type you should choose – Gas or Electric.  In this blog, we are going to discuss each type so that you can be better informed when you make your choice. Read on! Gas Hot Water Units Gas hot water systems have generally been the more popular option over the years because they recover quicker than an electric unit and have been cheaper to operate during the day. You may traditionally think of the large cylinder hot water storage units which can still be found around Melbourne, however, the more modern continuous flow units are far more compact and have become quite a popular option for new hot water installations and replacements. The continuous flow units can be installed in positions that other larger systems cannot be installed. They are also more efficient and don’t run out of hot water. One of our preferred suppliers for continuous flow units is Rinnai.  Have you ever been in the shower and suddenly got sprayed with cold water because someone turned on a tap elsewhere? Well, an additional benefit of a Rinnai gas hot water unit with controllers is that the temperature of the water in the shower, for instance, can be set, so that the temperature will not fluctuate when another tap is turned on.  Rinnai gas hot water units with a Smart Start are also beneficial. At the push of a button on the controller, a pump starts circulating the hot water around a loop near to the taps. This greatly reduces the amount of water that is normally last waiting for the hot water to come through. Electric Hot Water Units Electric hot water systems have not been as popular in Melbourne as their gas counterparts, but this could change with the increase in the number of electric solar panels being utilised on buildings. The rise in solar panel usage could see the beginnings of a trend where electric storage systems are the more popular option. Electric hot water systems can be heated by the power generated from the panels. The hot water cylinder would need to be large enough to meet the clients’ needs, however, the solar panels may be limited to how much energy they can produce to heat the water. The electric hot water system may need to be wired to accept off-peak power at a cheaper rate if required. This is not bad news though! An electric hot water unit is more energy-efficient than a gas system, especially if it is running off of solar power. If a householder finds that it works for them, and uses electric cooking and reverse cycle heating, then they can save approximately $300 to $400 per year on their gas service fee.   Have you decided which system will work best for you? Our licensed plumbers are ready to help you with all of your hot water unit repairs, installations or replacements. Call the plumber Melbourne locals trust to solve all of their plumbing problems – call us on (03) 9888 2887 today!

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How to Maintain Your Hot Water System

Regardless of the type of water heating systems that you own, it is important to have it inspected and cleaned by an expert at least twice a year. Since this is a machine like any other, its parts are bound to malfunction if they are not taken care of. Regular maintenance checks and repairs will ensure that the unit keeps running for many years to come and operates with the fewest issues possible. Maintaining Hot Water System Much as many people might think that having the hot water system cleaned on a yearly basis might be costly, it will actually save you lots of money in the long run. A dirty boiler causes power consumption to go up thereby increasing your monthly power bills significantly. Additionally, when one gets an expert to check on their heating system on a regular basis, it is possible to find small repairs that ought to be done before they can transform into large problems that might seriously compromise the operations of the entire system. Why is the need for hot water system maintenance vital? The need for hot water services is of great essence in the modern day. These systems require some bit of maintenance like venting radiators and drainage of the boiler just to make sure that everything is working as desired. In order to properly maintain your hot water system in Melbourne and other parts of Australia, it is vital to lubricate the motor of your system’s circulating pump regularly. In maintaining this system, you will be able to get the best out if its use in the long run. How to go about this maintenance process There are many options, which you can go for whenever you want to properly maintain your hot water heating system. Here are directions that will help you. First of all, you need to open all valves and radiators and any convectors in order to let air out. Excess air in these passages might be the reason why it is not working as desired. Secondly, you can close the valve. Just make sure you drain the boiler so as to get rid of mineral deposits and rust. The manual from the product manufacturer will help you to understand how to do this. Thirdly, turn off the water and power. Instead of using old cast-iron radiators, modern units have free-standing or rather baseboard convectors. These ones are less bulky, more efficient and even look nicer than the previous types. Fourth, to drain any unwanted mineral deposits and water, stick one end of the garden-hose into the boiler drain cock. Fifth, you can open the vent valves on the radiator that is located on the topmost floor of your house. This allows water to flow back into the system and do so in an effective manner. Six, turn on the supply and then flush through the system. This helps to clean out any sort of debris from the system and the pipes. Last but not least, when the supply stops, you can close the drain cock and the vents. At this end, the hot water system is clean and good to use again. If you have a hot water system in Melbourne, it is important to have it inspected on a regular basis in order to make sure it is working as desired. The experts at O’shea Plumbing will most definitely offer you the high quality services that you desire. We have the skills and competence to do a good job in this regard.

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