Most people have gas appliances in their home, but how often do you service them?
We use our gas systems every day. They help us to take a shower, to cook, heat our homes and warm-up our pools. When your gas heater stops working, so do you!
A leaking gas appliance can be very dangerous and can easily go unnoticed until it’s too late. At Chiswick Plumbing we provide plumbing and gas installations throughout Sydney and Wollongong. Our installations are completed safely, using industry regulated practices.
Our gas services include but are not limited to:
- Gas Appliance Installation
- Gas Connection Check
- Gas Connection Service
- Gas Hot Water Heater Installation & Service
- Gas Bayonet Installation
- LPG to Natural Gas BBQ Conversions
The types of gas appliances that we install are:
- Hot water heaters (install and service)
- Pool and spa heaters
- Wall furnaces
- Gas ducted heating
Gas Hot Water Services
Gas hot water systems work by using either natural gas or LPG gas to supply power to a continual flame, called a ‘pilot flame’ or ‘pilot light’. The pilot flame ignites a gas burner below a water storage cylinder. This cylinder stores heated water, so it is ready to go when you need it.
A thermostat monitors the water temperature. Once the water reaches its maximum safe temperature, the burner automatically turns down.
Natural gas is the cheapest and most efficient way of heating your home. Unlike electric hot water heaters, gas water heaters are fast, reliable, and a lot more cost-effective. As with all household appliances, there are some issues that may arise. Some potential problems you may find are;
- Inconsistent water temperature
- Water doesn’t reach high enough temperature
- Your water pressure fluctuates or is lower than normal
- Your water bill has increased
- Your pilot light going out
- Hot water heater is leaking from anywhere on the unit
- There is no hot water at all
In the event that you have these issues, you will need to repair or replace your hot water system. In most cases, you should try to do everything in your power to avoid replacing your system. Prevention is the best cure!
If a hot water heater is too old, damaged or corroded, it will be unsafe to attempt to repair it. Gas is an extremely flammable substance which is why you should put the safety of yourself and your home first.
Nowadays, households cannot buy a new gas hot water system with an energy star rating below 5. Heaters with a rating below 5 are inefficient and cost homeowners more. There is also a choice to be made between a storage tank or a continuous flow tank.
Storage Hot Water Heater
As mentioned, a standard storage hot water heater tank keeps a water supply available at all times. These tanks usually have a 5-10 year warranty and need more maintenance than other options because they are always holding hot water. This makes them more susceptible to corrosion.
For this reason, hot water heater tanks have a sacrificial anode inside them. The anode is a metal rod that sits inside the tank and attracts minerals and impurities. It keeps corroding materials away from the tank walls and sacrifices itself instead.
The anode lasts between 2-4 years, depending on your location and water quality, before needing to be replaced. A sacrificial anode only slows down the corrosion process. It doesn’t stop it entirely. The anode needs to be replaced by a plumber but adds years to the life of the tank. If your tank is a stainless steel model, it will not have or require an anode.
At Chiswick Plumbing, we offer 25% off your first standard hot water heater anode replacement.
Continuous Flow Hot Water Heater
Often referred to as instantaneous hot water heater, a continuous flow system only heats water as you need it. In other words, it only heats the water you’re using at any given time. Because of this, it may take a few extra seconds for the water to heat up as it makes its way from the system to your tap. There are no heat losses like there are in a storage system though.
Continuous flow is usually a cheaper method of heating, but it is not suitable for all households. Our plumbers will look at whether this is suitable for you to make sure you are getting the most efficient solution for your home.
The team at Chiswick Plumbing will help you identify the best hot water system for your home. We will look at:
- Your existing hot water system
- Plumbing and pipework already in place
- How you use your hot water system
We also consider how many people are living in the home or using hot water on the property. This dictates which hot water heater will be suitable for your needs.
Chiswick Plumbing is the #1 provider of gas heater installation services in Sydney. Our mission is to ensure that you’re never left in the lurch. This includes gas ovens, gas heaters and gas ducted heating services. We are available for emergency hot water and plumbing repairs, 24/7.