Modern living demands certain things that years ago would have been considered pure extravagance, and constant hot water is one of them. We turn on the tap and expect hot water to come rushing out, and most of the time, it does, and without this luxury, life would be very different, especially in the cold winter months.
The modern home might use one of several systems to provide hot water, the traditional method involves a boiler and water tank, with a pump to disperse the hot water to a series of radiators around the house, and also to all of the faucets in the home. Modern water heaters can be tank less, as the water is heated as it passes through a coil, enabling hot water without having to heat up large amounts. Click here for more detailed information about the various methods of heating water.
Regardless of the type, your heating system is an essential component to a convenient lifestyle, and regular inspections and service schedules should be carried out. The Internet is a great source of information, and if you are looking for local heat pump installers, there are many online plumbers who specialise in all types of gas and electric systems, both in maintenance and installation.
If you are building your own home, modern systems are energy efficient and affordable. Talk to your local plumber who can suggest energy efficient systems that are renewable and easy on the pocket. Solar thermal panels can supply a large home with all the hot water it needs, and with the Australian climate, using the sun’s energy certainly makes sense.
The winter months
This is the time that your hot water system is really busy, with cold showers no longer an option, the whole family require a hot water shower twice daily, and then there’s the washing machine and dishwasher, which also require hot water. This constant demand for hot water for months on end leaves the system in need of repair, so a visual inspection would be the first stage, with repairs or replacements carried out as necessary.
Avoid the DIY avenue
Heating systems are complex, and the people who work with them have studied and trained, so resist the urge to start taking cover screws away and explore the inner workings, and call in the experts. Core components are always carried by mobile units, and if the worst should happen and you have no hot water, call in your local plumber, and they will find the fault and rectify it.
These require more attention than modern installations, and generally use more power. Locate a good plumber and ask for an appraisal, and they might suggest a replacement system, or perhaps with a few minor replacements, the original water heater can give you a few more years of service. If you move into a new home, the first thing to do is have the water heating system checked, and it may be the right choice to replace the system, if you want constant hot water.
Modern solutions enable convenient lifestyles, and with regular maintenance, constant hot water can be yours anytime.