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Plumbing the depths…

By Reprobate - 22 May 2009 36

I need someone to look at my leaky hot water system (1985 vintage, off-peak electric, living on borrowed time) and I couldn’t see a previous thread on the topic. 

So, recommendations for a plumber please – quick, tidy, not interested only in selling me up to a new system with the biggest margin, and not that expensive (yes, I’m a dreamer). 

And if I need to go to a new system (probably gas), your experiences with the newer instantaneous systems?

What’s Your opinion?


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36 Responses to
Plumbing the depths…
Scribble 12:57 pm 22 May 09

Taurus plumbing

+1

MsCheeky 12:49 pm 22 May 09

I have an instantaneous, and am mostly happy with it, though it did allow my teenage son to take inordinately long showers when he lived at home! Mine is the biggest Rinnai, and is supposed to service a big household, but struggles to provide for both showers to run at the same time.

Also, there is the problem of where the unit is sited. It takes quite a bit of water flow until I get hot water in the kitchen. I understand that the amount of water that can flow before it is hot is now regulated in the ACT. I’ve learned to work around it, and use that flow time to fill the kettle, dog bowl etc, but there is still some wastage that makes me wince when my garden is dying for lack of water.

I just had a quick look at choice.com.au, and they’ve got a good article on heat pumps and solar. If you are not a subscriber, I think you can buy it for about $13. May be worth it before you take any decisions. It does say that heat pumps generally are better for warmer and coastal regions, though some are manufactured for cold areas.

Avy 12:32 pm 22 May 09

Chester’s Plumbing (0418 608 201) is the only group we go with. If they’re not available, we wait until they are. Terrific people.

http://www.yellowpages.com.au/bi/chesters-plumbing-ngunnawal-act-4777876.html

deezagood 12:22 pm 22 May 09

Reprobate said :

Interestingly, he effectively dismissed instantaneous systems on the basis of reliability and water usage/wastage; after seeing many positive comments here I’m wondering if that’s really the case.

Everyone I know who has an instant system raves about them – honestly, I haven’t heard a negative comment.

deezagood 12:20 pm 22 May 09

Solahart, not solarhart.

Reprobate 12:19 pm 22 May 09

Since the time of writing and the post going up, I had one business come and quote – yes the tank is on it’s way out so a replacement will be needed. Bop-bom.

The guy was strongly pushing an electric heat pump arrangement – with Govt rebates a Dux 250 litre system will effectively cost me under $1500 installed. Does anyone have experience of these units in Canberra’s climate? Gas storage would probably be a bit more expensive due to the amount of gas line to go in and relocation away from the current covered pergola area. Interestingly, he effectively dismissed instantaneous systems on the basis of reliability and water usage/wastage; after seeing many positive comments here I’m wondering if that’s really the case.

Jim Jones 12:18 pm 22 May 09

darth_baul said :

Duncans Plumbing is a great local business that will do the right thing by you!

I disagree.

deezagood 12:17 pm 22 May 09

Solarhart website has good details; they reckon you’ll only be out of pocket around $1300.00 with both federal and state rebates, which seems really good. Also – Solarhart has a payment plan which is interest free – this would make solar highly affordable I think. Wish this had been available when we were looking (maybe it was and I just didn’t find it).

darth_baul 12:17 pm 22 May 09

Duncans Plumbing is a great local business that will do the right thing by you!

caf 12:03 pm 22 May 09

Yeah instantaneous gas rocks the house.

But check out the $1600 solar hot water rebate doovey here.

deezagood 12:00 pm 22 May 09

We looked into this Lilywhite … and it was actually quite expensive for us.

PreciousLilywhite 11:57 am 22 May 09

Rebates available for converting to solar hot water. Probably end up costing you very little.

deezagood 11:46 am 22 May 09

burkes08 said :

Yeah, I would probably just spend the money and upgrade to instantaneous gas. My hot water system broke down about 4 years ago and it was only going to cost about $300 more to upgrade it.

The instantaneous gas has been fantastic. No problems at all, cheap, and just runs and runs and runs.

Instal a Rheem! We just switched to instant hot water and our plumber reckoned the Rheem model is actually better than the popular Renai infinity (Renai was the first to produce)and was about $600.00 cheaper. It shouldn’t cost more than $1000.00 to buy and get installed – shop around. The only catch with instant is the time it takes for the water to get from the heater to your bathroom/kitchen; obviously the closer the heater is the quicker the hot water arrives. Apparently if the heater is a long way from your tap, then it can take a few seconds (during which time the water can be wasted if you don’t collect it in a bucket) for the hot water to arrive. We have almost no delay, our our house is fairly small. I would never go back to a huge, unsightly and inefficient tank …. love, love, love my Rheem!

inlymbo 11:38 am 22 May 09

Change to instantaneous instantly! We have one and it is great. Cheap to run, does not spend 24 hours a day heating water stored in a big tank and you always know the temperature of the water.

Taurus plumbing have been pretty good for us. 0437 747 545.

burkes08 11:31 am 22 May 09

Yeah, I would probably just spend the money and upgrade to instantaneous gas. My hot water system broke down about 4 years ago and it was only going to cost about $300 more to upgrade it.

The instantaneous gas has been fantastic. No problems at all, cheap, and just runs and runs and runs.

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