Electric And Gas Hot Water System Installation

Delivering reliable hot water to your household requires a professional hot water system installation. 1st Choice Hot Water has decades of industry experience with every type of hot water system installation, including gas storage, electric storage and continuous flow systems.

We offer the most competitive pricing for hot water installations without ever sacrificing the quality of our workmanship. 1st Choice Hot Water can ensure that you find the right water heater for your family and we will install your unit in a safe and timely manner. Contact us for a quote today.

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1st Choice Hot Water’s dedicated technicians have received specialist training from the manufacturer and are fully licenced. We are ready to install any hot water system and ensure you have a reliable stream of hot water as quickly as possible.

Some people try to cut corners to save on hot water system installation costs by doing it themselves, but the risks are never worth it. Not only is it illegal in Australia to install your own hot water system, it is also highly dangerous when you don’t have the expertise of a qualified plumber, electrician or gas fitter.

Prevent the risks of serious harm and voiding your warranty by consulting the professionals at 1st Choice Hot Water to install your new hot water system.

Problems With Do-It-Yourself Hot Water System Installation

Installing a new hot water system is not something that you can do yourself. There can be disastrous consequences if you fail to set it up correctly, which is highly likely without the necessary tools and experience.

The hot water system could fail and damage the rest of your home leaving you with an expensive repair bill. You could even cause serious harm to yourself or others from scalding water, electric shock or even fire due to a faulty installation.

The following guide outlines just some of the reasons you should not attempt a DIY hot water system installation.

You Must Be Licensed For Hot Water System Installation

Even if you consider yourself pretty handy around the house, you still can’t install a hot water system if you are not a licensed tradesman. Without a full understanding of how hot water systems work, you may not take the proper care during installation. That leads to mistakes which could cause damage to the system or your home.

To prevent these issues, hot water systems can only be installed by a professional plumber in Australia. This includes replacing, removing or installing a hot water system in an existing domestic or residential building. Hot water system installation doesn’t require a specialised permit, but the plumber will need to register a notifiable work form to the QBCC to ensure the work is being carried out legally.

Hot Water Systems Can Be Difficult To Access

Hot water systems are essential appliances for your home, but installation can be a complicated process due to the location of the unit. Most hot water systems are hidden away in unusual spots like under floors or in smaller rooms and attics.

There are guidelines in place on the openings and service space for the unit, but replacing an older model with a new system can be tricky, even for a professional. The average weight of a hot water system is anywhere between 55 to 70kg, making it unsafe to move it into a place alone, especially if it is located in an unusual spot.

You Could Have The Wrong Sized Hot Water System

One of the most common mistakes people make when purchasing hot water heaters is choosing a size that doesn’t suit their needs. If you buy one that is too small for you or your family then you will always be running out of hot water and the system will need to continually run. This is terrible for energy efficiency which means you can expect to pay more for your utility bills and the hot water system could even fail.

Even if you try to save on hot water system costs by installing it yourself, you could still be wasting money with the wrong size. You need professional guidance on the right hot water system for you. 1st Choice Hot Water has the knowledge and experience to assist you in finding the best product for your home.

As a general rule, a family of 3-4 people is best served by a storage tank between 182-284 litres for an electric model. For a gas model, you should look at a hot water system that holds at least 151 litres. A system that holds 189-227 litres is also suitable if your family uses more hot water. Choosing the best-fit model will ensure that you never have to put up with cold showers while also saving on running costs.

The Risk Of Dry Firing Your Hot Water System

Once your new hot water system has been installed, it is critical that you do not turn on the circuit until the storage tank is completely filled with water. Turning it on too soon is called “dry firing” which can crack the tank or damage the heater.

The heating elements of your hot water system were created to operate in water. If there is no water or an inadequate amount of water in the tank when the power is turned on then the heating elements could be dry fired. If a copper element is dry fired, it means the temperature on it has been raised to the point of destruction.

When the copper element is in water, it won’t get much hotter than 1°C above the temperature of the water. However, if the power is turned on while the tank is dry, the elements can heat up to between 1035-1100°C. Once a copper element has been dry fired, it could fail within seconds or after a few more months of use.

There are many things that could potentially go wrong or be overlooked if you are installing a hot water system alone. To ensure that it is installed safely and correctly, you should always reach out to the professionals at 1st Choice Hot Water.

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