Hot water system installation Brisbane

September 8, 2021

Mitchel Plumbing Gas

Hot water system installation Brisbane

This blog discusses what goes into installing different types of hot water systems in the Brisbane area. When it comes to hot water systems, there is no one size fits all solution. Other hot water systems work better for different homes and climates. There are quite a few things you should consider when deciding on which method works best for your home.

To make the selection process more accessible, we'll go through a few considerations that should be made when choosing and installing your hot water system in Brisbane.

1) Type of system

In Brisbane, electric storage systems are one of the most popular types of hot water systems. These classic cylindrical tanks store pre-heated water at a set temperature. This type of system is relatively inexpensive and easy to install, with some models even having multiple storage tanks, which allow for a higher hot water output.

Other popular options include gas storage systems, solar hot water systems and heat pumps.

A gas storage system is an excellent option for homes connected to natural gas lines since it uses gas to heat water quickly and efficiently. Refillable propane tanks are also an option if the house isn’t connected to natural gas lines.

Solar hot water systems use the free energy from the sun and can be an excellent option for homes in sunny climates like Brisbane. Heating water with solar energy is also more environmentally friendly than other systems. Heat pumps are another option, and they use electricity to transfer heat from the air into the water instead of generating their heat like other systems do. You could also choose a tankless and instantaneous system, which provides virtually endless hot water and doesn’t require any storage vessel.

Not all hot water systems are created equal, so it is crucial to consider your specific needs before deciding. For instance, if you live in a small urban apartment, selecting an on-demand tankless system would be the best option for you. For a large house with many people in it you might consider an electric storage system. If this large house has access to natural gas lines, then a gas storage system might be the right choice. Consider your needs when selecting which hot water system works best for you.

2) Size of the System

When considering your hot water system, size is an essential factor. You'll want to consider the tank's capacity and its overall size for installation. The capacity of the tank will determine how much hot water it can hold and your family's usage pattern. For instance, if you have a large family and all shower in the morning, you'll need a system with a larger tank capacity.

So, an on-demand tankless system would be the best option for a small apartment as it can provide an endless flow of hot water without needing a storage vessel. On the other hand, a large house with multiple showers might benefit from a storage system that can hold more water with a higher hot water output.

3) Position of the System

When selecting your hot water system, you should also consider how much space you have available and how much you are willing to spend. Where you install the hot water system will also determine how effective it is. You want to ensure the system is installed in a position that makes sense for your home and provides easy access for maintenance.

A tankless system will require the least amount of space and is easy to install, while a storage system may need more space and require additional installation steps. On the other hand, a heat pump may need to be mounted outdoors and will have different requirements for installation. If you are looking at a solar system, you must find a suitable area for the collectors, such as the roof or backyard and a place to install the storage tank.

4) Installation Process

Once you've decided on a system, it's time to install it. This is where the experts come in! Ensure that your hot water system is installed correctly and safely by hiring an experienced technician who can arrange all necessary paperwork and inspections.

It’s important to remember that the installation process can take some time, so make sure you plan ahead for any interruptions to your hot water supply.

Here is the process involved in installing each type of hot water system:

For a tankless system, the installation requires connecting the unit to the gas line and water supply. First, the technician must check the gas line to ensure it is in good condition. The water connections will need to be adequately sealed and tested for leaks. If no gas is available, a tankless system can be powered by electricity or solar.

For an electric storage system, the installation process involves connecting the tank to a dedicated electrical circuit, connecting it to water supply lines, and mounting the tank safely on a wall or platform.

For a gas storage system, installation involves connecting the tank to the gas line and water supply and mounting it safely onto a wall or platform.

For solar systems, the installation requires connecting the collectors to the storage tank and running the plumbing from the storage tank to your home’s fixtures.

Finally, for a heat pump system, the installation requires mounting the outdoor unit and connecting it to the indoor storage tank and water supply.

What is the estimated cost to install a hot water heater?

The cost to install a water heater depends on the type and size of the system you choose. Generally, tankless systems are cheaper to install, while solar and heat pump systems involve more labour and can be costlier. Additionally, an electric storage system will require a dedicated electrical circuit, adding to the installation cost. Finally, if you don’t have an existing gas line, one may need to be installed, which can also add to the price. It is best to consult a professional experienced in hot water system installation for an accurate estimate of your specific project.

Mitchell Plumbing and Gas in Brisbane offers competitive prices for professional hot water system installation and repair services. Contact us today to get an estimate for your hot water system installation project.

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