Building a new home in Canberra or Queanbeyan? Seeking to replace / upgrade your existing hot water system? Kennedy Plumbing & Gas specialises in the supply, installation and repair of “continuous flow” and “gas storage” hot water systems (LPG or natural gas). Our licensed gas plumbers (based in Canberra) will help you select and install the “right” gas hot water system, as well as answer any questions regarding MEPS.*
If your current hot water system is electric, Kennedy Plumbing & Gas can covert you from an electric system to a gas one (our end-to-end solution covers the electrician as well). We also perform LPG to natural gas hot water system conversions (and vice versa). Put simply, Kennedy Plumbing & Gas takes care of all your gas hot water system requirements in the Canberra region.
* The Australian government requires all gas storage water heaters to meet Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)
Continuous Flow Gas Hot Water Systems – Canberra
Continuous flow gas hot water systems are also known as “instantaneous” gas hot water systems. Depending on where you live, continuous flow gas hot water systems can be fuelled by either natural gas or LPG. Unlike “gas storage” systems, continuous flow gas hot water systems don’t store large amounts of heated water; instead, they heat the water when you need it.
Although continuous flow gas hot water systems are often described as being “instantaneous,” it usually takes a few seconds for the water to heat up. The pipe distance between the hot water system and tap can also have a bearing on heating times. Kennedy Plumbing & Gas – a leading Canberra plumber – can address any concerns you might have about a continuous flow gas hot water system.
Gas Storage Hot Water Systems – Canberra
As their name suggests, gas storage hot water systems store “ready to use” hot water. Gas storage hot water systems vary in physical size, energy efficiency and “first hour capacity.” As a general rule, one person living in a household uses 50-litres of hot water per day (a figure that increases when dishwashers and washing machines are used frequently).
Most modern gas storage hot water systems feature a primary gas burner (located under the tank) and a pilot flame, which is burning continuously. The pilot flame ignites the gas burner when required. Most gas storage hot water systems have an adjustable thermostat, and are fuelled by either natural gas or LPG.
Signs that a hot water system needs servicing or replacing
If your existing hot water system displays any of the following symptoms, you should consult a licensed Canberra plumber ASAP.
- The hot water system
- Water pressure and temperature start to fluctuate.
- The hot water system makes strange noises.
- Cold water comes out of your hot water taps.
- The pilot light has stopped working, or goes out often (applies to gas hot water systems).
- The hot water runs out too quickly.
- The hot water is discoloured.
- You smell gas or hear a hissing sound (applies to gas hot water systems).
For further information on gas hot water systems, or to consult a licensed gas plumber in Canberra, please call Kennedy Plumbing & Gas on 0422 751 560.