A: The size of the water heater depends on the number of people in your household, your hot water usage, and the times when you use hot water. A small water heater may not provide enough hot water, while a larger one may be expensive to run. It’s essential to choose the right-sized system for your needs. Seeflame Gas can help you select the right system for your household.

A: Here’s a brief overview of the different hot water systems available:

Electric water heaters: Electric storage hot water systems heat water with an element in the bottom of the unit and store it in an insulated tank ready for use. Continuous systems are similar, but instead, the element is coiled around the pipes to quickly heat the water inside.

Pros: Electric hot water systems have low upfront costs and can be set to heat during off-peak periods, reducing your energy bill.

Cons: Electric hot water systems are expensive in the long term and have high greenhouse gas emissions.

Gas water heaters: Gas storage systems use a burner to heat and maintain water in a tank, while continuous flow systems or tankless gas water heaters use a burner that ignites only when hot water is needed.

Pros: Gas hot water systems produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions than electric systems and are usually considered more cost-effective long-term.

Cons: Gas hot water systems are only viable if you’re connected to mains gas, and they must be located outside or have an exhaust vent if inside.

Solar water heaters: Solar hot water systems are storage units that generate heat from the sun using panels mounted on the roof of the property.

Pros: Solar hot water systems can reduce your energy consumption by up to 90%, saving you money on your power bill. They’re also the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient option.

Cons: Solar hot water systems have high upfront costs and can be unreliable on overcast days.

Heat pump water heaters: Heat pumps have a fan that draws warm air into the system, which is transferred to the water storage tank.

Pros: Heat pumps are highly energy efficient, using roughly three times less electricity than traditional electric water heaters.

Cons: Heat pumps are only suitable for warm environments.

A: The cost of installation depends on the type of system, your property’s plumbing and electrical requirements, and the size of the system. The range for installation costs for replacing an existing hot water system with the same type in the same position is between $220 and $660. If additional valves, plumbing, or electrical upgrades are necessary, costs will be higher. Repositioning the hot water system on the property could cost another $1000 to $2000, depending on the required work.

A: To select an energy-efficient system, you need to consider your energy source, household size, budget, and preference for instantaneous or storage systems. If you’re connected to mains gas and receive plenty of sunlight, the most suitable system would be a solar storage hot water system with gas boosters. If your property doesn’t get much sunlight, the next best option is an instantaneous gas system. Electric hot water systems are the most expensive option and have high emissions.

A: You may need to replace or service your water heater if you notice water leaks, a malfunctioning pilot light, insufficient hot water, low or fluctuating water pressure, rumbling or banging sounds.

If you are unsure about the condition of your water heater, feel free to contact one of our professionals at 0433 519 202 to have your system assessed today!