Electric Hot Water Systems Brisbane


Electric Hot Water Systems

Electric storage hot water systems are Australia’s most common water heater. Known for their reliability and simplistic design, electric storage water heaters are used across range of domestic and commercial applications. The operation of an electric water heater is via a thermostatically controlled heating element. Standard sizes range in from 25L to 400L and can be installed both internally or externally. While the majority of tanks are constructed from vitreous enamel (coated steel), Stainless steel tanks such as the Rheem Stellar are becoming increasingly popular. For repair, service and replacement in Brisbane, call Conrad Martens Plumbing & Hot Water.


Tank Capacity

Electric Hot Water Systems come in a range of sizes, ranging from 45 – 400-litre capacity. The below table is a “rule of thumb” guide for selecting a hot water size. As every situation is slightly different, we do encourage consulting one of our hot water specialists before choosing a size.

Electric Hot Water System Brisbane Size Guide

SizeNumber of peopleExample ApplicationContinous (C) Off-peak (O)Rheem Model
451UnitC191045
501UnitC191050
801-2Unit / TownhouseC191080
1252-3Unit / TownhouseC or O191125
1602-4Large Unit/ Small HouseC or O191160
2502-4Standard HouseO491250
3153-6Standard/ Large HouseO491315
4004-9Large House/ Unit BlockO491400

Tank Construction

Vitreous Enamel (VE) is the most common hot water construction on the Brisbane market. VE tanks consist of an enamel coated steel tank which uses a sacrificial anode to help protect the integrity of the tank.  Rheem, Dux, Aquamax, Rinnai, Everhot and Bosch are some of the leading VE manufactures in Australia. Some of the most common ranges include the Rheemglas, Rheem 491 and Dux Proflo Series. Warranty periods for vitreous enamel tanks can range anywhere from 5-12 years.

Stainless Steel (SS) electric hot water systems are increasingly popular amongst consumers in Brisbane. Premium water heaters such as the Rheem Stellar range boasts an increased lifespan and warranty period of 12 years. The Stainless Steel manufacturing process uses a protective internal coating to substitute the use of a sacrificial anode. SS does not carry a manufacturer’s warranty for areas with poor water quality. For more information, please refer to Rheem’s Suitability map.

Copper (heat exchange) systems were extremely popular throughout Brisbane at the turn of the century. The major manufacturer, Saxon, was a Queensland-based Australian company known for their quality products and competitive pricing structure. Copperflow coil type heat exchange hot water systems are simple to install, easy to maintain and do not require numerous valves and ongoing maintenance (other than topping up the unit). Due to Saxons’ financial problems, and the need to conform to MEPS efficiency requirement, copper heat exchange tanks are no longer available.

 

Clearance and Hot Water System Dimensions:

Selecting a hot water system with the right dimensions is critical. Since the introduction of Minimum Energy Performance (MEPS), manufacturers have notably increased the amount of insulation used in hot water tanks. While improving the thermal efficiency, this insulation has also increased the overall dimensions of hot water units. Before selecting a replacement hot water unit, it is essential to double-check the clearance. If you have a space restriction, you may want to consider a compact unit such as the Rheem 45L (191045), Dux Proflo 50L or the Aquamax Squat 160L (9W1160).

 

Element Configuration:

Customers often ask if they should choose a single or dual element hot water unit. Our advice is unless you have a massive requirement for hot water, a single element configuration is the way to go. They are typically more efficient (because they draw power from a single off-peak tariff) and are cheaper to supply and install.

1.8kw elements are the most common size throughout Brisbane. Typically found in unit complexes and older style houses, these elements put out a heating value of 1800w per hour.

2.4kw elements are common in 125L hot water units. Many retailers stock 2.4kw element hot water units as they provide a mid-level heating value and are compatible in most applications.

3.6kw elements deliver the highest heating value for a domestic system. Most commonly found in 50 and 80L hot water units.

 

Supply Tariff:

Supply Tariffs are controlled by your energy supplier via a ripple switch controller:

Tariff 11 (General supply) – A flat usage rate throughout the day and night. This tariff incurs a daily supply charge.

Tariff 33 – Up to 40% cheaper than the general supply tariff. Supply per day approximately 18 hours.

Tariff 31 – Up to 59% cheaper than the normal domestic tariff. 31 is the most economical electricity supply available, providing a minimum of 8 hours a day during low demand periods.

If you are looking for a quote, service or advice, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly hot water specialists on 3878 4444.  Our technicians are capable of all electric water heater repairs, including elements, thermostats, valves and leaking tanks.

Our Pick:  Electric Hot Water Heaters


ModelRheem Stellar
 4A1050,  4A1125,  4A1250,  4A1315
TypeElectric Storage
ConstructionStainless Steel
Element Size1.6kw, 2.4kw. 3.6kw
Pre-set temperature60 – 80 degrees
Warranty12 Years on the tank
LocationIndoor or Outdoor

ModelDux Proflo
80T1, 125T1, 160T1, 250T1, 315T1
TypeElectric Storage
ConstructionVitreous Enamel
Element Size1.6kw, 2.4kw. 3.6kw
Pre-set temperature60 – 70 degrees
Warranty10 Years on the tank
LocationIndoor or Outdoor

Please see details below outlining the available sizes and warranty information for the most popular electric hot water systems we install:


Rheem
Rheem – 191 and 491 series
Size(litres)

Model

50

191050

80

191080

125

191125

160

191160

250

491250

315

491315

400

491400

Warranty

50L-160L Cylinder 7 years

250L-400L Cylinder 10 years


Rheem
Rheem – Stellar Stainless Steel
Size(litres)

Model

50

4A1050

80

4A1080

125

4A1125

160

4A1165

250

4A1250

315

4A1315

WarrantyCylinder 12 years

Dux
Dux Proflo
Size(litres)

Model

50

50S1

80

80T1

125

125T1

160

160T1

250

250T1

315

315T1

400

400T1

WarrantyCylinder 10 years

Vulcan
Size(litres)

Model

80

601080

125

601125

160

661160

250

661250

315

661315

400

661400

Warranty

80L – 160L Cylinder 5 years

250L – 400L Cylinder 10 years


 For all hot water enquiries please contact us

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