Hot water systems have come a long way over the years and where in the past options were somewhat limited, today there is many different varieties and combinations to suit your home.
A common misconception is that when your hot water heater is on the way out, it simply gets replaced with one exactly the same. However with advancing technologies, new products are now available that may offer you a more economical, more efficient and better suited system.
At Service Today we don’t assume anything. Our technicians will investigate and recommend the best suited product for your home, by taking into consideration things like:
- The size of the property
- The number of people residing there
- Geographical location
- The direction the property faces
- The main times of usage
- The volume of usage
- Available services & resources
- Space requirements and limitations
- Ventilation and flueing
Common Hot Water Problems
- Running out of hot water
- Excessive hot water bills
- Water comes out dirty
- Leaking tank, lack of pressure
Hot Water Safety
Every type of hot water heater involves dangerous elements. Combinations of electricity, gas, water, flame, steam and pressure are all potentially threatening if not treated with expertise and care. To maintain a safe hot water heater and to make sure that it’s running optimally, maintenance is required. Service Today recommend that you get your hot water heater serviced every two years, just to be safe. Typically a hot water heater has a 7 year life span, however we regularly see hot water heaters that are 10, 15, and even 20 plus years old. Keeping them maintained will prolong the life of your heater and prevent dangers from occurring, so give us a call and let one of our expert technicians come out and service your heater.
Different Types of Hot Water Heaters Available at Service Today
A storage heater is a tank that heats the water within and distributes on demand. Storage heaters are available in many different sizes, normally ranging from 50 litres, and right up to 300 litres. They also come in different types, so you can have a storage heater that runs on electricity, gas, solar, or combinations. Storage heaters are available in both internal and external models.
Instantaneous Hot Water Heaters
Instantaneous heaters operate by heating water on demand. They enable you to have ‘endless hot water’ because there is no storage tank, which means it can’t run out. Instantaneous hot water heaters are also quite small in comparison to storage heaters which allow them to be installed in places that don’t have a lot of space. Instantaneous hot water heaters are available in both internal and external models also.
Solar Hot Water
Living in a country that has an abundance of sun, it makes perfect sense to utilise it wherever we can. As the name suggests, solar hot water uses the sun (solar) to heat water. It works by circulating water through a series of panels that are positioned (normally on a roof) to gain maximum sun exposure. Solar hot water is quite versatile as in most cases, it’s used in conjunction with electricity, or gas to maintain supply when there’s no sun.
Heat Pumps are a more form of renewable energy that in many circumstances use up to two-thirds less electricity that an electric hot water heater. Heat pumps employ remarkable technology that extract heat from their surroundings, then through a process involving compression and condensing, that heat is raised to a point where it’s able to heat water in a tank. That all sounds complicated, however put simply the process is kind of like ‘reverse refrigeration’.
As you can see, choosing the right hot water system for your home is not as simple as it may first seem. The highly experienced hot water experts at Service Today can help you make the right decision, so give us a call and save yourself the hassle.
Some of the reputable brands that Service Today work with.