Before you convert your Gas Hot Water System to Instant Gas Hot Water in Perth, you’ll want to look at two things:
As a professional Perth plumber, we’ll answer these two questions so you can make an informed decision.
Whether you are making a straight hot water system replacement, or this is part of a larger renovation project, converting your Storage Gas Hot Water System to Instant Gas Hot Water has many benefits and it’s something we highly recommend when possible!
Yeah, unlimited! No more standing in the shower with shampoo in your hair when the hot water tank is drained by a family member. No more scheduling who gets to take their showers and baths based on when there will be hot water. If you have teenagers in your household, a large free-standing bath or spa, or you just love long showers, an instant gas hot water system may just feel like paradise!
It’s all about the energy star ratings. Even the most energy-efficient storage hot water system can only manage a 4- or 5-star rating because the water sits in the tank and boils even when the water isn’t being used. In comparison, a new instant gas hot water system heats water on demand, therefore, has a 6+ star energy rating. So, you save the planet while saving hundreds of dollars a year!
Especially helpful if you are in the midst of a renovation, you can install your instant gas hot water system in a much smaller space and is mounted on the wall. Changing from a storage hot water system to a continuous flow hot water system can instantly free up some space in your backyard.
That’s right, unlike the storage gas hot water system there is little to no maintenance with the instant hot water system. No sacrificial anode, relief valves, or tempering valves to be replaced every 3-4 years. The instant water heater also has a longer life span due to the “tankless” designs meaning the water isn’t stored in the tank causing corrosion/mineral build-up.
There are differences between how a storage hot water system and an instant hot water system work that make the installs different. Some things to consider…
An instant hot water system heats water as it passes through the system which consumes more gas while the hot tap is on, therefore a bigger gas pipe is required in comparison with a storage gas hot water system. Every home is different, but existing gas lines may have to be increased from the gas meter through to the hot water system (Allow between $200-$1,000).
Your existing water supply may have to have minor alterations and the valves to be changed out to suit your new continuous flow hot water system (Allow between $50-$200).
The majority of the continuous flow hot water systems require a PowerPoint. This prevents a pilot light constantly running and burning unnecessary gas and prevents the pilot light from blowing out with strong winds. The electrical supply operates a fan to keep the hot water system mechanical parts at a cool temperature and works as an exhaust for all unburnt gases. Finally, the electrical supply operates an internal computer (PCB) which displays error codes for fault finding and has a temperature sensor/display which prevents water temperature fluctuation (Allow between $200-$250).
We recommend allowing an additional $500-$1500 on top of our online hot water system pricing when converting from gas storage to an instant gas hot water system. The price can vary so much due to a number of different things like the distance between the gas meter to the hot water system, the property’s gas pressure, the size of the existing gas pipe, if a PowerPoint is required ect. We welcome you to call our helpful team at Ember Plumbing and Gas who will be happy to provide you with an all-inclusive free quote.
In our opinion, the benefits of converting to an instant hot water system speak for themselves! Yes, we agree the initial outlay to convert to an instant gas hot water system may cost more than replacing a hot water system with a direct replacement. However with instant savings on your gas utility bills, combined with fewer maintenance cost’s you will see your money return in the coming years.