The team at Throne Plumbing can service, repair, supply and install electric, gas and solar hot water units. We understand that hot water is a necessity in your household and will do our best to ensure you are not left with out it.
Choosing the right hot water system is essential when it comes to saving money on running costs and making sure you have a system that provides you and your family with an adequate supply of hot water.
Electric Hot Water
Although electric hot water is the most expensive solution it is an appropriate option for households and rural properties without a gas supply or for those who want to avoid the hassle of converting from electric to gas or solar. Warranty on electric hot water tanks is typically 7-10 years.
There are two forms of gas hot water: storage tank hot water or tankless continuous flow hot water. Standard storage tanks have a capacity of 100-180 litres of water. Modern units have a 4-5 star energy rating, meaning they take far less time to reheat then the older less efficient models. Once emptied, a new gas storage tank will typically take 30-45 minutes to reheat a fresh tank of cool water to a desired temperature. By comparison, older units typically take in excess of 1 hour to reheat the water supply. An alternative source of gas hot water is continuous flow. This solution does not store hot water. Rather, it heats water instantly and as required. This is a more appropriate option for larger households that require a lot of hot water. Note, these systems use more gas than storage tanks and therefore require a larger gas line. Continuous flow units are very compact and have temperature controls allowing you to adjust the water temperature at certain fixtures - an excellent feature in the households of children and the elderly. Warranty on gas storage tanks is typically 7-10 years. Warranty on gas continuous flow tanks are are typically 10-12 years on heat exchanger.
Solar Hot Water
Solar hot water is fast becoming the most popular choice of Canberrans. Despite its low cost of operation, solar hot water has the highest cost of installation in comparison to gas and electric. Solar hot water systems are either electric boosted or gas boosted. Meaning on those cold and wet Canberra days when the sun disappears, electricity or gas supply heats the water in the tank. On the days that there is sufficient sunlight to heat the water the electricity or gas supply shuts off. Warranty on solar hot water systems is typically 5-10 years.