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Gas Hot Water & Solar Systems

Hills Emergency Plumbing in Mount Barker has over 40 years’ experience installing and repairing gas, electric and solar hot water systems. We specialise in leading brands Rheem, Rinnai and Apricus.
Waking up to no hot water is not much fun….. The solution could be as simple as a new thermostat or element replacement. If your unit has seen better days and requires replacement, Hills Emergency Plumbing can do same day replacements or install one of their loan units while you wait for your new unit to be delivered – “Hills Emergency Plumbing won’t leave you without hot water”.

Mount Barker Plumbing in the Adelaide Hills offers two primary options for hot water systems: gas hot water and solar hot water. Both options have unique advantages and considerations, catering to different preferences and circumstances.

**Gas Hot Water Systems: **

Gas hot water systems utilise natural gas or LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) to heat water for domestic use. These systems can be either storage or instantaneous (also known as continuous flow) models.

– **Storage Systems**: Gas storage hot water systems heat water and store it in a tank until it is needed. They are available in various sizes to suit different household needs. These systems can provide hot water even during periods of high demand, making them suitable for larger households.

– **Instantaneous Systems**: Instantaneous gas hot water systems heat water on demand as it passes through the unit. They are more energy-efficient than storage systems because they only heat water when needed, eliminating the energy losses associated with keeping water hot in a storage tank.

Advantages of gas hot water systems include:

1. **Fast Heating**: Gas systems heat water quickly, providing a constant supply of hot water.

2. **Energy Efficiency**: Instantaneous gas systems are highly energy-efficient, as they only heat water when needed, reducing energy consumption and utility bills.

3. **Reliability**: Gas hot water systems are reliable and can provide hot water even during power outages.

4. **Flexible Installation**: Gas systems are suitable for both indoor and outdoor installation, providing flexibility in placement.

**Solar Hot Water Systems:**

Solar hot water systems harness energy from the sun to heat water for domestic use. These systems consist of solar collectors, a storage tank, and a circulating pump.

– **Flat Plate Collectors**: Flat plate collectors are the most common type of solar collector used in residential solar hot water systems. They consist of a dark absorber plate covered by a transparent cover to trap solar energy and heat water circulating through the collector.

Advantages of solar hot water systems include:

1. **Renewable Energy**: Solar hot water systems utilize clean, renewable energy from the sun, reducing reliance on fossil fuels and lowering carbon emissions.

2. **Energy Savings**: Solar hot water systems can significantly reduce energy bills by harnessing free solar energy to heat water.

3. **Environmental Benefits**: By reducing reliance on fossil fuels, solar hot water systems help mitigate environmental impacts associated with conventional energy sources.

4. **Government Incentives**: In many areas, government incentives and rebates are available to homeowners who install solar hot water systems, helping offset the upfront cost of installation.

In summary, Mount Barker Plumbing offers both gas and solar hot water systems to meet the diverse needs of customers in the Adelaide Hills. Whether you prioritise energy efficiency, reliability, or environmental sustainability, they can help you choose the right hot water solution for your home.