Hot Water Unit Installations in Adelaide

Hot Water Unit Installations in Adelaide

Although hot water installations might seem straightforward, every installation varies. even if just a little. The installation of a hot water system is dependent on the type of system and the space in which it is installed.

Royal Flush Plumbing’s hot water installations are done with attention to detail and the utmost care. We value and care for our clients. Therefore, the work that we carry out is with their best interests in mind.

How do I choose a new hot water system?

The Size of Your Property

Storage and solar hot water systems are sized based on the number of people who will use them. Continuous flow hot water systems are sized based on the number of outlets in the residence. Choose the one that is best for your situation.

Installation Area

Will the system be installed indoors or outdoors? Will you have enough space? Will this area cause problems? These are some of the questions you need to ask when choosing the installation area for your hot water system. A plumbing professional can help correctly assess it for you since there is no universal area to install your unit.

Energy Sources

Ask yourself if it is better to use electricity, natural gas, LPG, or solar. Depending on the available water-heating energy source, you must evaluate how the cost of various sources may fluctuate throughout the year and whether you have these certain sources accessible in the first place.


When purchasing your hot water system, bear in mind that your budget will play a role. Additionally, any additional charges incurred during the installation process depend on the exact needs for your hot water system installation.

What types of hot water units can I get installed?

When it comes to installing a hot water heater, there are several types to choose from. Tank-type heaters can store hot water in an insulated tank and provide steady supplies of hot water over long periods of time. Tankless units are smaller and more energy-efficient, whereas hybrid systems combine both principles for maximum efficiency. Finally, solar-powered models make use of the sun’s energy to heat up water onsite. Each type has its own pros and cons; use this guide to determine which is right for your needs.

Tank Water Heaters

Tank water heaters, also known as ‘conventional’ or ‘storage’ water heaters, are a popular choice in Australia due to their lower initial cost and straightforward installation. These systems store hot water in an insulated tank which is usually between 30 and 80 gallons, heated by natural gas, propane, electricity or fuel oil. Hot water is then piped from the tank when needed. Nevertheless, these systems have some drawbacks such as a high energy consumption, limited capacity and short lifespan– all of which can potentially lead to leaks or burst tanks.

Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters, also known as on-demand or instantaneous water heaters, do not store hot water in a tank, but instead heat it as it passes through a heat exchanger. They have many benefits such as being highly energy-efficient, having an extended lifespan, and providing a continuous supply of hot water. However, they come with drawbacks including higher upfront costs and requiring additional equipment for the installation such as venting or recirculation pumps.

Hybrid Water Heaters

Hybrid water heaters, also known as heat pump water heaters, are a highly efficient and effective way to get hot water. They use electricity to move existing heat around instead of generating new heat and have a large storage tank as well. These systems can be more expensive to install and may require a larger space, but they offer lower operating costs and much higher efficiency than standard electric ones. Though installation can be complicated, the potential benefits of hybrid hot water installations make it worth considering.

Solar Water Heaters

Solar water heaters, also known as solar thermal systems, are an efficient and environmentally friendly way to heat your water. With a storage tank and solar collector that uses the sun’s energy to generate hot water, they offer high energy efficiency, a long service life and potential tax credits or rebates. However, they also come with some drawbacks – such as higher installation costs, complex setup and a reliance on sunny weather.

At the end of the day, there are a variety of hot water heaters out there – each with their own advantages and disadvantages. To pick the best one for you, consider factors like budget, size, climate, hot water demand and preference. Doing this research in advance can save money by making sure you make an efficient choice that provides comfortable and convenient hot water installation.

Why should I hire a professional to install my hot water unit?

Many things can go wrong if you try to install a hot water system on your own. A failed DIY may cause the system unit to fail and cause extensive damage to the rest of your property, necessitating costly repairs.

Incorrect-Sized System

When picking a hot water system, it’s important to choose one that fits your needs. An electric system for households of three to six may range from 180 to 290 liters, while households will need around 150-230 liters for a gas-powered system. For larger homes, consider getting a bigger model depending on how much hot water is used.

Installation Area

Will the system be installed indoors or outdoors? Will you have enough space? Will this area cause problems? These are some of the questions you need to ask when choosing the installation area for your hot water system. A plumbing professional can help correctly assess it for you since there is no universal area to install your unit.

A Plumbing Permit is Required for the Installation

A skilled plumber is required to install a hot water heater in Adelaide. Even though it’s notifiable work that doesn’t need a special permit, the plumber still needs to fill out a notifiable work form and send it to the QBCC. This covers replacing, removing, or installing a hot water heater in an existing building or in a structure added to a current class I building. Without adequate care and an understanding of how hot water systems work, various mistakes that could cause harm to the system or your property are possible.

Location Problems

Some hot water heaters are in difficult-to-reach places, such as under floors, attics, and smaller rooms. While there are restrictions in place regarding the openings and service space for the unit, replacing an older model with a new heater might be difficult at times, even for a professional. The average weight of a hot water heater is between 55 and 70 kg, making it dangerous to move it alone, especially if it is in an odd location, such as an attic.

The Risks of Dry-Firing Your Water Heater

Your hot water heater’s heating components were designed to work in water. If there is insufficient or no water in the system when the electricity is turned on, the heating components may be “dry-fired.” If a copper element is “dry-fired,” it means it has been heated to the point of destruction. When immersed in water, the copper element will not get much hotter than 1°C above the water’s temperature. However, if the power is turned on when the tank is empty, the elements can reach temperatures ranging from 1000°C to 1100°C. A copper element that has been dry-fired may fail immediately within seconds or after a few months of service. Better safe than sorry and make sure your components aren’t “dry-firing.” This can be very expensive down the line, and your entire system would probably need to be fully replaced.

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