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Hot Water Needs

At Slade Brothers Plumbing we can help you with all your hot water system needs including maintenance, repair and NEW INSTALLATIONS.

When maintaining a hot water system here are the important things we look at:

Tempering valve (it is now a legal requirement that all hot water systems deliver tempered water to fixtures used for personal hygiene), Thermostatic mixing valve requirements, The need for a pressure reducing valve, Temperature pressure relief valve operation, Sacrificial anode, Cold water expansion valve, Adequate ventilation (heat pumps), Condition of insulation on pipe work, Solar panel cleanliness (solar units).

In most cases we are able to replace or rectify these and this will extend the life of your hot water system.

When it comes to installing a new Hot water system, we look at three things to help you choose the right option.

What type and size of system –   There's Electrical, Gas, Solar or Heat Pump technology.
Do you have a family of 6 in a house with three bathrooms? Or do you only have one bathroom and only 1 person in your duplex? We can advise on the size unit you need to deliver the hot water you require. Take a look at the different types of systems below.
-We ourselves are passionate about Heat Pump systems due to the environmental factors!!

Installation costs – How much it will cost to have the system you choose installed, including all the required government forms*. We can give you an upfront quote that covers all the costs of a new unit. We can also offer Certegy interest free payment plans to help with the costs of a new system.

Ongoing running costs – How much it will cost you over the years to run your chosen system. The higher upfront cost of a more energy efficient unit may mean less expensive running costs per year!  Here is a handy link that can help you look at the various type of systems available and how much they average per year, cost wise, to run.


A fairly inexpensive solution to your hot water needs, electric water heaters are
great for use with lower cost off-peak tariffs and are available in a range of
sizes to suit most needs.

They run solely on electricity and the running costs will be
part of your electricity bill.


The name gas water heaters covers two main system types-

Gas storage water heaters and

Instantaneous or Continuous flow gas water heaters.

Storage systems heat during the day and keep a supply on hand for use anytime,
and the continuous flow systems heat water as you use it, and are generally
a smaller compact unit.

Gas hot water systems use either natural gas or LPG gas to heat water.


A solar water heater uses energy from the sun to heat water for your needs.

Solar panels, usually on your roof, collect energy from the sun’s rays to heat water
which then flows to a storage tank, ready for use.

Solar systems will often have an alternative supply boost, either from electricity or gas for when its needed.

Heat Pump

Heat pump water heaters absorb warmth from the air and transfer it to heat water.
They are also referred to as ‘air-source heat pumps’. They operate on electricity but are roughly three times more efficient than a conventional electric water heater.
When used in the right environment they save energy, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Informations collected from www.energyrating.gov.au

Pictures from www.rheem.com.au and quantumenergy.com.au

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