What hot water system should you buy?

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If your hot water system has started to function erratically or has stopped working altogether, you would need to look for a new one to install in its place. Since a hot water system represents a big investment and needs to last for a number of years, the decision about which one to buy isn’t something you can take casually. You would have to conduct a bit of research on the different types of systems available, what their specifications and pros and cons are and whether they suit your requirements before deciding which one to invest in.

Regardless of whether you are replacing an older system or installing one in your new home, you need to take a number of aspects into consideration while choosing a hot water system. All systems will require a licensed plumber like the ones at Wilco Plumbing to install them; and often you will need an electrician’s services as well.

Things to focus on

Let’s take a look at the different things you would have to keep in view while choosing a hot water system for your home:

  1. Type of system
  • Electric– Several reputed companies manufacture these and they have the highest operating costs of all the systems available. If you are replacing your existing electrical system with a new one, the installation will be easier and cheaper as well. If you are planning on getting this system installed, check on the option of an off-peak tariff with your energy provider. Alternatively, you can also try a heat-pump hot-water system; this is a more energy-efficient electric option.
  • Gas- This is generally more cost-effective and often the recommended option if you want a continuous-flow system. However, it’s effective only if you have a piped natural gas connection on your property. LPG gas is also utilized to heat water, but its cost is about three times higher than natural gas, and is generally only used where there isn’t natural gas available.
  • Solar systems- The upfront costs of these systems are much higher than electric or gas systems and many people building new homes are now opting for these installations. Since they use the sun’s rays to heat water in your home, in the long term these systems prove to be a much more cost-effective option than the former two.

Companies like Rinnai, Rheem, Dux and Bosch are the leading manufacturers of hot water systems and there are a large number of models to choose from. It’s best to consult experts like the ones at Wilco Plumbing for guidance on which system will be best-suited to your requirements.

We are one of the leading companies in this industry and offer a variety of plumbing solutions such as Blocked Drains, Gas Fitting and Gas Repairs, Burst and Leaking Pipe Repairs as well as all other Commercial and Residential Plumbing. We also understand that some plumbing problems can surface without warning and it’s why we provide reliable and prompt 24/7 Plumbing Emergency services Sydney-wide. For more information, call Wilco Plumbing on 02 9186 3319