Question: I have a Bosch instant hot water service which only produces warm water, can it be fixed or do I need a brand new hot water service?
Answer: In most cases the older style Bosch hot water services can be serviced and parts replaced inside of the water section. The main component which contributes to this fault is broken diaphragm valve, along with this there are numerous other o rings, seals and components which all must be replaced to ensure correct operation once the hot water service is put back in action.
Question: In summer I have hot water from my solar hot water service, but in winter I don’t get any hot water only warmish water on a sunny day?
Answer: This is an indication that the components inside of your hot water service which boost the water in colder months has stopped working, you will need a service call to have this diagnosed. In most circumstances this problem can be fixed.
Question: Can I upgrade from a storage gas hot water service in instant gas hot water system?
Answer: The answer to this is yes, BUT just how much will it cost unfortunately is unknown until a site inspection is performed. The reason for this is that in most cases the gas pipes installed to fuel a storage hot water system are small and do not provide enough gas to power a continuous flow hot water systems, a licensed gasfitter will be able to confirm all of this onsite with you.
Question: Is there anything that I should be doing to make sure my hot water service keeps operating correctly?
Answer: If you have a mains pressure storage style of hot water system then there will two pressure blow off valves installed, one on the cold inlet line and the other near the hot outlet of the tank. The manufacturer recommends that every six months the lever should be lifted and a small amount of water discharged to keep these valves in there correct working order.
Question: How long should my hot water service last?
Answer: Every situation is very different. The older style of hot water systems which delivered low pressure hot water where located inside roof spaces and the tank was constructed of copper, it was not unusual to see these tanks last 15 to 20 years and in some cases even longer. The other styles of hot water tanks such as instant and mains pressure storage can be expected to last at least 10 years, but this will very much depend on the type of system you purchase, each manufacturer provides different warranties and some manufacturers will offer shorter and longer warranties and in most cases the longer the warranty the more the system will cost.
Question: Can I buy a hot water service from a hardware store and install it myself?
Answer: Although hardware stores sell these products it is vital that you only ever use the services of a licensed South Australian plumber in Adelaide.
Question: Can I turn the temperature down on my storage hot water service so that I only ever need to turn the hot tap on when having a shower?
Answer: The answer is no, by doing this it may seem as though you are saving electricity or gas, but what you are creating is a breeding ground for legionella, that is why the hot water tank must always be kept at a high temperature (65 to 75 degrees Celsius) so the bacteria will not grow. The desired temperature inside of the house must be adjusted by mixing hot and cold water together, this is the safe method for operating your storage hot water tank.