Buy New or Repair Old: Hot Water Systems

Posted on 24/09/2013 · Posted in General

There is never a good time for your hot water system to break down, but unfortunately these things happen. When they do grind to a halt, you need to weigh up whether it is more cost effective to fix the old system or buy a brand new one.

Firstly, you need to consider how old your current system is. Like most things, technology is constantly evolving and you will discover that newer water system models are a great deal more energy efficient. A hot water system accounts for nearly half of what an average house spends in a year on energy bills, so installing an efficient boiler could make a big difference to your bank account.

Another aspect you should take into account is how long your current system has been fitted. Most systems have an average life expectancy of 10 to 15 years. If your model is quite new, it might still be under guarantee, in which case it really would not be worth fitting a new system.

If you have a standard electric hot water system, then replacing it would be a good option, particularly as there is currently a big drive in Australia to phase them out as they use too much energy. In many cases it is recommended to upgrade to a highly efficient gas hot water system. So with that in mind, it is definitely worth looking into it before making the decision about fixing your old system.

The best thing to do when considering how to get your hot water system back up and running is to consult an expert. Plumbers understand the systems and will be able to give you the best advice.

Andrew Thwaite Gas & Plumbing (ATGP) is an experienced plumbing firm based in Brisbane. They pride themselves on offering the very best advice at low and honest prices. They can also provide you with approximate running costs, installation costs, warranties for the tank, maintenance costs and future prices of electricity and gas.  They fit all the big and well known makes, such as AquaMax, Bosch, Dux, Rheem, Rinnai and Vulcan.

Call 0404 787 519 to talk to ATGP today!