FAQs about hot water systems in Canberra
How much does it cost to service a hot water heater?
An experienced plumber should be able to provide a reasonably accurate estimate of costs for servicing hot water heaters over the phone. The more accessible and basic the heater, the cheaper the servicing costs.
Electric and gas continuous flow heaters will generally take 30 minutes to service and will not likely require any parts. Gas storage and electric storage hot water heaters will generally take 30 - 60 minutes to service and will require 3-5 replacement parts.
Solar hot water systems will take 60 -150 minutes to service and may require 5 or more replacement parts.
Servicing heat pump hot water systems is more complex, as they require both a plumber and refrigeration mechanic.
If you want to pay a reasonable price for hot water heater servicing, I recommend that you use a plumber you trust or a member of an ethical industry association like Master Plumbers ACT.
How often should a hot water system be serviced?
The combustion component of gas hot water systems should be serviced every 12 months. All other components should be serviced once every 5 years.
Electric, solar and heat pump hot water systems should be serviced once every 5 years.
If a hot water system is installed where the water contains a lot of minerals, service intervals may be shorter than 5 years.
Some split system solar hot water systems should be inspected for operation by their owners once every 3 months.
Do heat pumps work in Canberra?
Heat pumps can work in Canberra, but not for every application and many will not perform as they are expected to.
Installing a heat pump on the warmest side of the building with ample air flow is critical to efficient performance.
A 10°C drop in air temperature can result in a drop of up to 25% in performance. Most heat pumps sold in Canberra have a backup electric element or defrost mode that may switch on at around 5 or 8°C.
At present, heat pump hot water systems are not suitable for large apartment buildings and other areas of high demand.
They are not suitable for restaurants and food preparation, as they cannot meet the requirements of AS/NZS Food Standards that require hot water temperatures of 75°C and above.
What is the best hot water Service?
The best hot water service will be a well-established brand and model, have a proven track record of more than 10 years, will have been sold in large quantities, be as basic as possible, be well suited to the environment that it is to be installed in, is installed properly and is easily serviced by any plumber.
Don’t rush out and buy the latest high tech hot water system, that is new to the market, with raving reviews. Those systems are unproven, and the reviews will be unreliable.
I recommend that you take advice from a plumber you trust, or a plumber who is a member of an ethical industry association.
Use Hot water systems that are energy efficient to save you money.
Hot Water Systems
There are many brands sizes and types of hot water systems available for installation in Canberra. You may want a new electric hot water system or a gas hot water system. You may be looking for a conventional solar hot water system or heat pump.
There are many reasons why you would choose one type over another. You may be limited for space on the ground or on your roof. You may not have access to gas or your roof may be overshadowed.
You may want to look after the environment or you may have a limited budget. Your family may be large or it may be small.
Rather than replace your hot water system you may just want to have your existing system repaired or serviced.
There are 4 distinct types of hot water systems that can be installed in Canberra.
Click on the links below to find out more about each type.
Also find out more about the sizes and brands
Each one of these has their own variations to suit every application. However, there are some restrictions on what type you can have and where you can have them in Canberra.
For example wood heaters are banned in a lot of the newer suburbs. Electric systems have been banned in new dwellings also – heat pumps excluded. Some developments do not have gas connected and some have body corporate restrictions on solar hot Water installations also.
Boiling water units are used in commercial buildings for cups of tea. They are not used for filling sinks or basins as the water is too hot.
6 Star Hot Water and Plumbing Canberra can help you work out which type of hot water system will best suit your needs and budget.
6 Star Hot Water and Plumbing can help with all of your hot water needs in Canberra.
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We have put together a series of pages that will help you to gain a greater insight into the pros and cons when deciding on what brand and type of Hot Water System to install for your environment, interests and budget.
- Boiling Water Units
- Types and sizes of electric hot water systems
- Brands of electric hot water systems
- Gas Hot Water Systems
- Brands of Gas Hot Water Systems
- Sizes and about Gas Hot Water
- Types of solar hot water systems, sizes and how to boost efficiency
- Brands of Solar hot water
- Types of hot water systems, repairs, replacements and all brand names
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