When buying a new hot water system for your home, it’s important to do your research to make sure you get the right size and model for your needs.
Types of Hot Water Systems
Home Clearance offers two styles of hot water system: electric tank hot water systems, and gas hot water systems.
Electric Tank Hot Water Systems
This style of hot water system uses electricity to heat the water, which is then stored in a tank. Tank sizes range from 25L through to 400L.
Home Clearance stocks the two biggest brands in electric hot water systems: Rinnai and Rheem. Both brands uphold the highest quality standards – giving you total peace of mind. Plus, all our products come with full manufacturer’s warranties.
The main advantage of this style of system is that when you turn on the hot tap, the water will be hot – you don’t have to wait for cold water to turn hot. The downside however is that once the tank runs out of hot water, you’ll have to wait a while before the supply replenishes. Plus hot water tanks can take up a lot of space, while being fairly expensive to run.
Please note that there are some government restrictions that apply to electric hot water tanks. More information can be found at the Australian Government’s Energy Efficiency website.
If you’re buying a electric hot water system, chances are you’re replacing an old tank. Before you make a purchase, it’s worthwhile looking into alternatives such as gas hot water systems.
Gas Hot Water Systems
These systems use natural gas (or, in some cases, LPG) to heat the water. They are available in two styles:
- Continuous Flow Systems – which will heat the water as it is used, giving you an endless flow of hot water.
- Gas Storage Systems – this style of hot water system heats the water and stores it, ready for use.
Here at Home Clearance, we recommend the Continuous Flow style of gas hot water system. Not only are these units compact in size, they’re also more economical to run.
Please note that a gas hot water system can only be installed if your household has a gas connection, with the correct pipe diameter. If you are unsure, a plumber can have a look at your existing set-up and provide advice on what you need.
Water Temperature Controllers
Available with Continuous Flow hot water systems, water temperature controllers make your system easy to operate. A water controller is definitely worth the investment, as it will help you get the most out of your hot water system.
A water controller allows you to set the precise temperature for your hot water supply. This is especially vital if you have young children, as it will reduce the risk of accidental scalding.
- Controls temperature fluctuations
- Optimum safety
- Makes your system easy to operate
- Extends the warranty
Deluxe water controllers can also perform diagnostic checks to make sure your system is running optimally at all times. Other advanced functions include automatic bath fill, and a shower saver feature.
Selecting the Right Size Hot Water System
If you are replacing an electric tank style of hot water system, you will need to make sure that the new one is a similar size. Our range of electric hot water tanks start at 25L and go all the way up to 400L.
If you’re switching to a gas hot water system, the size will mainly depend on the number of people in your household. As a general rule, we recommend:
- Small household (1-2 people): 16-20 Litres/Minute Systems
- Medium household (3-4 people): 20-26 Litres/Minute Systems
- Large household (5+ people): 26-32 Litres/Minute Systems
Before you buy, make sure to measure carefully to ensure the dimensions of the water heater will fit into the space.
Installing Your New Hot Water System
To install a new hot water system, you’ll need to enlist the services of a licensed plumber.
Home Clearance can arrange an installation for a fixed price. Please call: 1300 002 500 for an estimate.
If you have any questions about finding the right hot water system for your needs, the Appliances Online Clearance team is always happy to help! Give us a ring on: 1300 002 500 or send us an email.