Hot Water Cylinder Replacements and Upgrades
Let’s face it, hot water cylinders are rarely a hot topic of conversation. For the most part, we forget about the hot water cylinder hidden away in the cupboard. And to be honest, that’s the way it ought to be. The only time we think about a hot water cylinder is when it doesn’t work properly. Even though you may have had regular servicing of the hot water cylinder, as with all other products, they do have a finite life and you will need to replace yours. This is where you might be in for a surprise given the massive technical advances of recent years. Since your last hot water cylinder, the advances in technology make it a great time to think about how you heat your hot water.
Conventional Electric Hot Water Cylinders
The traditional hot water cylinder works by having an electric element which continually heats all of the water in the cylinder to the desired temperature which is controlled by a thermostat. They can be expensive to operate, especially where there is a higher level of demand. Yet there are many compelling reasons to stick with convention. First off, they are generally have a more affordable up-front installation cost than other types of water heater. However, ongoing running costs do tend to be higher than other heating methods.
Next, given the long-standing technology and understanding of this method, they are a reliable form of hot water heating system. Manufacturers, installers, and service people have improved each aspect over the years so that the basic technology and its maintenance are now ell understood. However, it does pay to talk to expert installers as the can give you good advice on the better brands of hot water cylinder, and those which will suit your own particular needs.
Ageing problems with hot water cylinders
Not every problem with a hot water cylinder means it is time to replace. The appliance is called on to work at all times, which is a lot of work. Sometimes pressure changes or changes in the heating are noted by homeowners and building owners. When this happens, contact a plumber to help nail down the issue, estimate the cost of repairs and parts, and weigh it against replacement.
Be aware that problems arise when the thermostat goes bad, or a valve gives up the ghost. Though, one often heard complaint is about a leaky water overflow valve. This will result when the water pressure is not regulated, read: too high. It forces water to back into the overflow. The inlet valve controls this trend, and can simply be partly shuttered to solve the problem.
Another potential problem is that of flooding as the cylinder leaks when it gets older. While this is almost inevitable over time, it can be prevented or delayed by following the manufacturer’s instructions on maintenance, and product replacement. Be sure to get a qualified plumber to regularly service your hot water cylinder. If there is any one item in the home to watch carefully, it is the hot water cylinder. Now, it does not mean check in on it daily. The hot water cylinder has a set lifetime that it is expected to last. Depending on the condition of the water it could be 10 years, 15 years, or more.
Another relatively common problem is that of power cuts. In some parts of west Auckland and the North Shore, electrical power cuts are quite common. No electricity means you cannot heat more hot water.
Advances and upgrades in electric hot water systems
In recent times, it is now possible to have hot water cylinders that can be connected to solar panels. If your home uses a moderate to high volume of water, you could find that a solar powered hot water heater can give you operating cost savings. If you are thinking of using a more sustainable energy source, then this type of hot water cylinder will be better for you.
Bear in mind that the initial installation costs can be higher than with an electrically heated cylinder or gas flow water heater. There may also be issues with the amount of sunlight so a back-up gas or electrical option might be needed.
Upgrading or replacing hot water cylinders in west Auckland or the North Shore
At Heron Plumbing, we have one of the bigger teams of plumbers in the area. We are also approved agents for Rheem hot water cylinders, and are members of the Master Plumbers Association. With all of this, we can advise you on the best option for providing hot water for your home. Be sure to call us on 09 836 4009 for advice on upgrading or replacing hot water cylinders in west Auckland.