Benefits of a Solar Hot Water Service
A solar hot water system is a sustainable and efficient source of steaming hot water for your home. And as the owner, you benefit the most from solar energy and economical water heating.
Australia’s climate is perfectly suited to solar. Long, hot summer days provide ample sunlight and energy. You can even expect a solid output during the cooler, more overcast months thanks to the efficiency of solar power in cloudy conditions.
When compared to electric storage tanks the savings add up even more. An average household could see savings of up to 75 per cent compared to a storage tank system thanks to solar.
However, that efficiency is very much reliant on a well serviced unit! This is where Jim’s Plumbing steps in. Our hot water technicians can look after your system with annual servicing and maintenance. This includes solar panels.
We ensure there is efficient heating and maximum benefit from sunlight. And if you have any questions at all just contact us today. Our friendly customer service team is always on call with a local plumber ready to appear at your door within 1 hour*.
That’s a lifesaver when your solar water heater stops providing cosy showers and baths.
Solar Hot Water System Repairs
Given the added complexities of solar power, repairs are going to be necessary. Weather damage, wear and tear, water leaks and more will all be normal and expected across the 10-15 year lifespan of the unit.
Furthermore, solar hot water systems are also often paired with a gas or electric booster which can require its own repairs.
For all problems of all sizes, our plumbers are qualified and trained on all things hot water. And with over 15 years in the plumbing business, we can tackle obvious – or not so obvious – faults.
Some of the more common solar hot water problems include:
- No hot water
- Fluctuating water temperature
- Damaged solar panels
- Water leakage
- Discoloured water
Depending on the type of hot water system you have there could also be unique damage to an evacuated tube or flat plate. This impacts the heat absorption efficiency.
How Solar Hot Water Works
Depending on the type of solar collector you have, your hot water unit will work slightly differently.
Evacuated tubes are made up of two glass tubes – one inside the other. The space between these tubes is evacuated to create a vacuum and contains a copper pipe. Special chemicals and the copper pipe are used to absorb and transfer heat. A process of condensation is used and repeated until the tank of water is heated.
Flat plates (or panels) are the more traditional blue panels you see on many homes. A copper pipe runs water through the panels and heat energy is transferred to it. The heated water is stored in a storage tank. This tank can be roof-mounted (thermosiphon) or on the ground as a split system.
Evacuated tubes are considered the superior option as they don’t need direct sunlight to heat your water. They can work with the ambient temperature alone to heat your water. The vacuum also means they are more energy efficient.
Here in Australia, we’re blessed with extended periods of sun, so your solar hot water system should run well for most of the year. Even when the sun is a bit of a stranger, you can still expect solid performance thanks to the backup electric or gas booster.
Installing Solar Hot Water Systems
Solar hot water installation can be versatile and flexible to suit any home. With roof mounted storage tanks or split systems with a ground based tank, you can have the best solution no matter what.
Tank sizes range from 160 litres to 410 litres so no matter the size of your family or household there will always be hot water on demand.
Jim’s Plumbing will assess the best placement of a unit as part of the installation process. This includes ensuring the roof has the appropriate structural support, the panels are located in the best spot, and that your tanks fits the flow.
With the potential to save up to 2.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year, solar is definitely worth the consideration.
Even if you’re not quite at the point where you’re ready to commit to installing a solar hot water system, you can still contact Jim’s Plumbing. Our staff can provide expert advice so you know what’s best for your home and individual needs.
Solar Hot Water Price
As far as the upfront cost is concerned, solar hot water systems are more expensive. It’s an unavoidable fact.
Despite this, the running costs can easily make it worth your while when compared to electricity.
That said installation is still a challenge, and we know emergency repairs are never easy. That’s where we come in. We have interest free payment plans** available for all jobs. No deposit is required so you can receive timely work with $0 spend.
On top of this, these plans can be paid in manageable weekly or fortnightly repayments. Stress-free solar hot water system services are always our goal here at Jim’s Plumbing.
Contact us today for more information!