A lot of govie houses had perfectly good electric hot water tanks replaced by DUX AIROHEAT hot water units that have a reverse fridge unit on top (as described here)
My previous (perfectly good) water tank was off peak and not expensive to run (I was paying around $50 per month through direct debit).
I don’t know if I will save any money on the new Airoheat, but if I do it’s because it doesn’t actually heat the water properly!
1. It is intrusively noisy, and
2. It does not seem to be able to cope with Canberra’s winter.
Mine sounds like a noisy fan night and day, which is an issue as it is situated near the laundry which is also near my daughters (2) bedroom window. Remember, govie houses are small. There is nowhere else it could go.
Even more problematic is the fact that it ices up even when the overnight temp is nowhere near zero, causing it to constantly be in ‘de-ice’ mode and never actually get around to heating the water.
For example, child comes home from work in evening and has shower at 11pm. Morning shower is a rush job of two frantic minutes with just the hot tap running as turning on the cold would reduce the temp too low.
Calls to ACT Housing have unearthed a widespread issue with these tanks and they apparently require some kind of logic box added to them all.
This hardly seems like an efficient rollout.
I would be grateful if someone has encountered this issue and got it fixed.
I would also like to know if anyone can shed some light on the rumour that ACTEW don’t want to ‘do’ off peak hot water any more . . .?