If you have a problem with your gas hot water heater or would like a new one installed, call Mr Emergency Plumbing. We can have a fully qualified plumber/gas-fitter to your door within the hour*. Our plumbers are available 24 hours a day – every day of the year, including public holidays. We are always around in case you have an emergency.
Water heating can account for up to a quarter of your household’s energy use! That’s why it is so important to choose the right hot water heater for your requirements. Mr Emergency can assess your needs and the characteristics of your property before recommending and installing the best hot was system for you. It will be cheaper to run and friendlier on the environment than your current system. The cheapest option is not always the cheapest for you in the long run – we are regularly called out to fix cheaper systems.
Hot water systems are commonly fueled by:
- Natural Gas
- Liquid petroleum gas (LPG)
A natural gas hot water heater will produce less greenhouse gas than an electric model to heat the same amount of water, which will also save you money on your energy bills in the long run.
Gas hot water systems come in two types; storage and continuous (or instantaneous).
Storage Gas Hot Water Heaters
Gas storage hot water heaters can be run by natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). Water is stored in a tank and is warmed by a pilot flame that burns constantly. Temperature needs to be set to 60-70° celsius to prevent bacterial growth inside the tank. Due to this heat setting, it may be worth considering installing a temperate control valve to set the bathroom temperature at 50° celsius and ensure no-one at your property is at risk of scalding.
Once the water in the tank reaches the desired temperate setting, the main burner is extinguished. The pilot light will automatically re-ignite the main burner if the water temperature drops too low.
Gas storage water heaters come with energy efficiency ratings, usually between 3-5 stars. The tanks are insulated but can lose some heat through their walls, requiring the need to constantly burn gas to ensure the water is kept at the chosen temperate. This loss can contribute greatly to your energy bills. A higher rated energy efficiency tank will have better insulation resulting in lower storage losses, reduced bills and carbon gas emissions.
Installing Gas Hot Water Systems
Storage gas hot water heaters can be installed outside of your property or inside with a flue to vent any exhaust gas. They are commonly made from vitreous enamel steel or stainless steel. Stainless steel is more expensive but will have a longer life span and require less maintenance than the vitreous enamel.
The gas storage tanks are compact, usually ranging between 90L-300L A household of 4 people will require a tank size of around 130L-170L.
Mr Emergency repairs, replaces and installs hot water models by made by the following brands;
- Rheem Gas Storage Heaters
- Dux Gas Storage Heaters
- Aquamax Gas Storage Heaters
- Vulcan Gas Storage Heaters
- Rinnai Gas Storage Heaters
- Bosch Gas Storage Heaters
We also repair and replace hot water systems made by other brands. If your hot water system is not listed above, call Mr Emergency on 1300 064 164.
Continuous Flow or Instantaneous Gas Hot Water Heaters
Continuous Flow (also known as Instantaneous or tankless) hot water heaters do not store water in a tank. They are a compact system that heats water only when you need it. Whenever you turn on your hot water tap, the system automatically ignites the burner and water is heated instantaneously as it passes through the heat exchanger. This provides ‘on demand’ continuous heat flow 24/7.
These systems are compatible with natural gas, LPG and solar power. They are renowned for their energy efficiency, with most models having a 5-6 star energy efficiency rating and produce significantly less greenhouse gas emissions. Over time they will contribute to a dramatic reduction in your energy bills.
As there is no tank, the continuous flow hot water systems only need to be set to 50° celsius because there is no issue with bacterial growth (as with the storage systems). This also reduces any risk of scalding.
Many of these instantaneous systems come with optional remote control access to allow you to pre-set your desired hot water temperatures in different areas of your home.
Standard models have a pilot light that burns constantly, which can waste a certain amount of gas. However there are more economical models available that are installed with an electric ignition. These are often cheaper to run.
You can order Continuous Flow Hot Water models in various sizes to suit your home or commercial property.
Continuous Flow Hot Water Brands
Click on the links below for further information on the brands of continuous flow hot water heaters recommended by the team from Mr. Emergency plumbing;
- Rheem Continuous Flow
- Bosch Continuous Flow
- Dux Continuous Flow
- Rinnai Continuous Flow
- Aquamax Continuous Flow
For a trusted installation or repair of any gas hot water heater call Mr Emergency Plumbing today on 1300 164 064. Our local team of plumbers and gas-fitters are spread across metropolitan suburbs in Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane & Sydney. We provide professional, affordable and friendly service that will put a smile on your face.
No Interest Ever payment plan^ is also available on purchases over $1,000, so there is no need to ever put off any plumbing or gas-fitting repair or replacement.