Commercial Boiling Water Unit Repairs and Replacements 

If you run any kind of high-volume workplace, including health facilities, rather than replacing elements in a vintage urn or hot water boiler, it may be time to upgrade to a larger, more economical and efficient system.

Office workers enjoying tea break in streamline breakroom, incorporating an all-in-one instant hot water boiler and sparkling water dispenser. No more hot water boilers cluttering up the counter.

Just like the kitchen is the heart of the home, the office kitchenette is the place where employees come to relax, refresh and connect in a more casual environment over a hot cup of tea or coffee. However, a clapped-out, ugly old boiling water unit hanging next to the sink that struggles to heat and has started delivering tepid water isn’t good for employee health or morale.

Instant Hot Water Boilers Have Come a Long Way

Modern hot water boilers are no longer an eyesore that take up a lot of room in the workplace. Under-sink boiling water dispensers can add, rather than detract, from the aesthetic of your office kitchen, and can deliver not just instant boiling water, but also chilled or sparkling water at the touch of a button!

6 Reasons Why You Need an Instant Boiling and Chilled Water Tap in Your Workplace

1. Health

A healthy workforce is a productive and happy workforce! Keep your staff hydrated throughout the workday by providing easy access to better-tasting water that has been filtered to remove sediment, chemicals, parasitic cysts, and lead. Under-counter water dispensers deliver instantaneous boiling, chilled and sparkling water for ultimate office catering convenience.

2. Environmentally Friendly

If the strategic use of energy and the reduction of waste output is important to your business, switching to an instant boiling water tap that also delivers filtered chilled water is the logical solution. Not only do they negate the need for plastic water bottles which is good news for the planet, they are also designed to reduce energy consumption through innovative heat exchange technology. Another important factor to consider is that instant boiling and chilled water taps also reduce water wastage, allowing employees to only pour the exact amount that they need.

3. Economical

In an environment where demand is high, a sustained supply of boiling water is far more economical than running an old hot water boiler or repeatedly boiling a kettle. During periods of inactivity, instant boiling water units are designed to go into standby mode, maintaining a steady but lower water temperature that can quickly be increased when needed.

4. Safety

Instant boiling water taps come with built-in safety features to protect your staff. They also cater to employees with mobility issues as they don’t require them to pick anything up to pour.

5. Time-Saving

It’s not surprising that chilled and boiling water taps have become so popular in the corporate world. From a business efficiency point of view, it makes sense to alleviate the time employees wait around to make a drink. Without the need to queue up or wait for the water to boil, staff can enjoy their coffee or lunch break in its entirety, allowing them to return to their role feeling more rested and productive.

6. Aesthetics

Not only do under-counter instant boiling and chilled water taps come in a range of modern styles that can give your office kitchen a sleek, minimalist appearance, they also ensure fewer spills, less mess, and hardly any steam.

Is it time to upgrade your office boiling water dispenser? Contact Salmon Plumbing today to discuss your options.

I Live in Brisbane – How Can It Be This Cold? And What NOT To Do About it! 

A cold snap has hit Brisbane! On this side of the country, we never seem to ease into each season, it’s always just so sudden. So now we’re scrambling to get the warm bedding and clothes out of storage, set up the heater and prep for the cold.

Woman shivering from the cold in her Brisbane apartment

When we get chilly weather, we still need to be conscious of saving energy and costs. So here are some friendly reminders of Dos and Don’ts for your hot water and solar energy systems.

COLD WEATHER DON’TS

DON’T set your hot water thermostat too high

It can be tempting to crank your hot water thermostat super high. But heating up to these hot temperatures will cost you a lot of money. There is also the added risk of being burnt. We know you want to warm up in a steam-filled bathroom, but if you’re coming out of the shower with red skin, it’s not a good thing!

So, what temperature should the thermostat be set at? 65°C is the best temperature for your hot water storage to prevent bacterial growth. However, this can still scald you when it comes out of your taps and showers. Installing a tempering valve will ensure a safer temperature. These are the temperature settings we recommend:

Taps and Showers: 50°C (or 45°C for households with young children or elderly people)

Laundry and Kitchen: 60°C

DON’T mess around with your solar tariff

You might notice a drop in solar energy production. Don’t mistake this for a problem with your solar system and start messing with your tariff set-up. Remember, solar relies on the sun, not heat.

It is natural for there to be less energy because of shorter winter days, not the cold. Even though it doesn’t feel like it, on a clear day, the sun still shines on your panels. They will happily do their job!

COLD WEATHER DOS

DO clean your solar panels

Regularly cleaning your solar panels is important for your solar system efficiency. Dirty solar panels can lead to a 5% – 35% power loss.

It is recommended to clean your panels and free them of dust and debris every 6 to 12 months. Just make sure you go about it safely!

DO turn off power hungry appliances

Be conscious of what appliances are plugged in and consuming energy. Make a habit of turning everything off before you leave for work and before you go to bed.

If you have solar power, make the most of the energy by setting the washing machine and dishwasher to run during the day. If you are planning to cook some hearty winter meals, try to put the slow roast in the oven when the sun is still up.

For more advice on solar hot water and heat pump hot water systems, give your licensed professional plumbers and installers a call!

Power Bill Hikes Again! Here’s Five Easy Hacks to Slash Your Water Heating Bills TODAY

As electricity prices continue to rise, finding ways to cut down on household expenses becomes increasingly essential. For Brisbane residents, a significant portion of energy consumption often comes from water heating contributing to hefty utility bills each month. However, with a few easy adjustments you can take control of your water heating costs and reduce your environmental impact. Let’s explore five easy ideas you can implement today to lower your power bill.

Soaring electricity prices - combat rising prices by reducing hot water heating costs

1. Optimal Temperature Settings

Did you know that lowering your hot water temperature, even by a degree or two, can lead to significant energy savings? Hot water units are designed to operate at an optimal setting, for comfort, safety, and energy efficiency, around 65°C. Whilst it’s essential to consider individual preferences and household needs, it’s worth checking your unit’s setting, drop it if you can and the savings will add up.

2. Harness Solar Power

If you are in the market for a new hot water unit, it might be the right time to consider a solar-powered one. Brisbane’s abundant sunshine presents a golden opportunity to harness solar energy for water heating. Don’t jump into it though. It is important that the unit’s size is suitable for your needs and placement is key so make sure it is properly installed and maintained.

Investing in a solar water heater can significantly reduce your reliance on traditional energy sources, translating into long-term savings on your electricity bills. Remember if solar energy just isn’t your thing, installing a heat pump provides an excellent return on investment – and your savings will only increase as power prices go up in the years to come. Talk to your local Brisbane hot water specialist about which hot water system represents best running cost efficiencies for you.

3. Maintenance and Inspections

If your current hot water unit isn’t yet ready for an upgrade, seriously consider scheduling regular maintenance. A service will give your hot water system a thorough once over, ensuring all components are functioning correctly, any potential leaks or faulty valves are addressed, and any necessary adjustments are made.

When you have a leak, you’re not only wasting water, you’re wasting power on heating water – these added costs can sneak up and surprise you on your next utility bill. Additionally, when left unkept, these units can and have been known to cause significant water damage if they spring a leak! Don’t risk it.

4. Reduce Water Waste

We always hear about how much water Australians waste. ‘Don’t be a wally with water’ was certainly one of those slogans that has resonated with many of us. Cutting down on water-related waste is not only environmentally friendly but also economical, and very easily done! Limit your hot shower to five minutes or less and swap to a water-efficient showerhead. It will save you in water usage and water heating costs. Who’d have thought?

Take a tour of your home – inside and out – and inspect your taps for leaks. Take a look at your toilet bowl, can you seen a water ‘run’ at the back of the bowl? Don’t forget your laundry taps and showerheads. You would be shocked at how quickly a leaking hot tap can add to your water AND energy bill and the potential for property damage. Your local Brisbane plumber can easily help you fix any leaking taps.

5. Ask Yourself “When is Off Peak Electricity?” for a Lower Power Bill

One of the best-kept secrets going around that you absolutely MUST learn about is Brisbane’s off-peak electricity period. Yes! Electricity is cheaper at different times of the day.

Off-peak electricity refers to periods during which electricity demand is typically lower, leading to reduced rates. Designed to incentivise energy usage during off-peak hours and therefore helping to ease the strain on the electricity grid, energy providers offer a range of tariff plans that are well worth looking into. For example, tariff 31 operates between 10 pm and 6 am whilst tariff 33 operates 18 hours a day at Energex’s discretion. If you can switch to a more suitable tariff, this could be your opportunity to use a timer device to schedule your washing machine or to have your hot water unit run.

Tapping into off-peak electricity and implementing a range of very simple yet effective strategies can help to significantly reduce your electricity bills. Why not give them a go? You’ve got nothing to lose and an opportunity to enjoy a lower power bill next quarter.

Talk to Salmon Plumbing about the most efficient ways to heat your water.

Hot Water Systems for Brisbane Residents

Even in a warmer climate like Brisbane, no hot water is a big deal.

Ever woken up to no hot water? There’s nothing worse than starting your day with a cold shower and then having to organise hot water system repairs, or the cost of a new system. But, at least we make it easier. How?

24/7 Emergency Plumbers

We’re your go-to 24/7 Emergency Plumbers Brisbane. We can service, repair or replace your hot water unit, and we offer a 24/7 emergency service.

In most cases, we can install a new hot water service on the day you call. In an emergency, we will even provide a temporary system to cover you until we install your permanent unit.

We’re based in Northgate on Brisbane’s north side but our plumbers work across all areas, all day, and night.

Hot Water Replacement

Hot water systems come in many types, capacities, and models, each with their individual strengths, so it’s important to consider your situation before making a choice. Call us now and we will walk you through your options, and give you the right information and advice. We’re Brisbane’s leading plumbing brand for heat pump hot water installation and we’re a Rheem Certified installer. We’ve won awards for our service and integrity, so you know that you’re getting the right system for your needs.

Professional Plumbing Services

We believe in the work. We believe in upskilling our plumbers to provide the highest quality workmanship. When you book a Salmon plumber you’re not paying extra for all the franchise fees, and you’re not getting the wrong product because that’s the only one the local guy knows how to install. You’re getting the right mix of complete professionalism, with the resources to provide you with the right solution for your needs. It matters.

Hot Water System Specialists

Salmon Plumbing offer gas, solar, electric and heat pump hot water systems.

We provide repair and replacement or upgrade services in the areas of:

  • instant hot water
  • solar hot water
  • heat pump hot water
  • continuous flow hot water
  • circulated hot water
  • hot water pumps
  • single sink hot water
  • gas storage hot water
  • hot water boosters
  • tempered hot water
  • electric instant hot water
  • electric storage hot water

Gas Hot Water

Gas hot water units tend to have lower running costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Also, gas costs the same all day compared to electricity and the “off peak” times.

Rheem continuous flow water heater

There are two main varieties of gas hot water unit.

  • Continuous flow units heat the water as it is required (also known as instantaneous, or tankless).
  • Storage units store hot water until it is needed for use.

Rheem 5 Star Gas (350265) Insitu

For both units, you can choose natural gas or LP bottled Gas depending on what’s available in your area.

Contact us if you’d like to discuss your water heating needs.

Solar Hot Water

Solar hot water units utilise radiant solar energy, to heat and store hot water for you home. There are two basic varieties – roof mounted where tank and panels are both on the roof, or low line where the tank is on the ground and the panels are on the roof.

There’s a few types of solar system – solar panels, evacuated tubes, gas boosters, electric booster.

Salmon Plumbing are a Rheem Solar Specialist, and can advise you on your best options, and costs.

Rheem Solar Hot Water Hiline (52L300) SS

Contact us to discuss your solar hot water needs.

Electric Hot Water

Electric hot water units are the most common form of hot water unit found around Brisbane. They are typically connected to main powers, and use a resistance element to heat the water.  Electric hot water units come in a range of sizes from 25 to 400L, they can be connected to standard and off peak tariffs, and also utilise power from rooftop solar PV (photovoltaic) panels . 

Electric hot water units are most often the most economical solution, and when paired with the correct energy source, can provide cheap and efficient hot water heating.

Contact us if you’d like to discuss your water heating needs.

Rheem Stellar Electric water heater

Heat Pump Hot Water

Heat pump water units work like a refrigerator in reverse, absorbing heat from the air and vaporising the refrigerant which is then compressed.  The hot water runs through a network of pipes, and is then stored for your use.

The latest model heat pumps can save you up to 80% of your heating costs, and can be a great option depending on your needs.

Rheem Ambiheat hot water

Call us today to discuss your hot water options.

What Are Tempering Valves and Do You Need One?

Hot water from tap - tempering valves mitigate scalding events

Tempering valves play a vital role in maintaining safe and comfortable water temperatures while also being energy efficient and doing their part in water conservation. Think of a tempering valve as a mixing valve. Essentially it is designed to regulate water temperature.

Do you need one? The short answer is yes! Some believe that it depends on various factors including the type of hot water system you have, the depth of your safety concerns, and how strict you are with compliance. However, here’s an in-depth look at tempering valves and the benefits they offer homeowners.

Safety and Preventing Scalding Accidents

One of the key reasons for ensuring your hot water unit has a tempering valve is safety, especially in households with children or the elderly. Designed to blend hot water from the unit with cold water to deliver a controlled temperature, it works to reduce the risk of scalding accidents which can occur when water temperatures exceed safe levels. Temperature regulation is something we take for granted but never really consider what drives this balance.

Convenience and Efficiency

Aside from key safety considerations, a tempering valve provides consistent water temperatures throughout the home especially where you’ve got multiple taps in use and you expect a steady flow of warm water without sudden temperature fluctuations. By optimising the flow of water, you’re also benefiting from energy efficiency because the tempering valve prevents excessive heating of water and ensures that hot water is used efficiently.

Compliance with Regulations

If you are building or renovating, or simply looking to purchase a new hot water system, make sure you enquire about specific building codes and regulations concerning the installation of tempering valves. To meet compliance, they may likely be mandated to ensure that your plumbing system meets safety standards and reduces liability risks.

From a manufacturer’s perspective, a tempering valve contributes to the longevity of a system and helps reduce the frequency of repairs. Some insurance companies may require the installation of tempering valves as a condition of coverage. For peace of mind, it’s worth doing your research and asking questions.

Where Are Tempering Valves Installed?

Tempering valves are mandatory on hot water units in Queensland, limiting the temperature of the water leaving the tap to a maximum of 50 degrees Celsius to reduce the risk of scalds. Other places where tempering valves can be fitted in your home include:

  • to a zone of concern (like the bathroom); and
  • to individual fixtures.

When aged or faulty hot water units are replaced, it is sometimes necessary to identify, remove, replace or alter existing tempering valves that have been installed at points other than the hot water unit. If they have been installed in areas that are not readily accessible, it can add significantly to the cost of the replacement of your hot water system. Always talk to your plumber about appropriate places to install tempering valves.

Most modern continuous flow gas hot water systems do not require a tempering valve as the water temperature is set electronically and delivered at 50 degrees Celsius.

Aged care, childcare and some other commercial settings (e.g. hairdressers) are subject to different standards and must use thermostatic mixing valves which do a similar job to tempering valves but are a testable device.

Standard Tempering Valves v High Performance Tempering Valves

High performance tempering valves are more sensitive to temperature variances than standard tempering valves.

Hot water storage units must keep water at a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius or above to limit the growth of dangerous bacteria in the water. Installing a tempering valve on a hot water unit ensures the water leaves the tap at 50 degrees Celsius or less.

Most hot water units will keep water at 65 – 70 degrees, however, a heat pump hot water system will only heat the water to 60 degrees. For this reason, it is especially important that heat pump hot water systems are installed with high performance tempering valves as they deal with smaller temperature variances between the temperature of the hot water in the unit and the temperature of the water leaving the unit.

Salmon Plumbing only uses high performance tempering valves on all their hot water systems and this is already factored into their pricing for the installation of the new hot water unit.

Protect Yourself With Tempering Valve Installation

The multifaceted benefits of installing a tempering valve in your hot water system make it a worthwhile investment for homeowners – and may be required to comply with local building codes and regulations. So if your system doesn’t have a tempering valve, arrange installation ASAP – not only will you be safeguarding against scalding accidents but the savings on your hot water bill will be a much-needed bonus.

For expert advice on tempering valve installation, get in touch with Salmon Plumbing today.

How to Reduce Water Heating Costs in Brisbane

Running the water to heat the shower. Low Flow shower heads can help reduce water heating costs

With soaring temperatures and frequent use of hot water systems, you might find yourself facing hefty energy bills. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to reduce water heating costs in Brisbane.

Implementing simple strategies can significantly reduce water heating expenses without compromising comfort or convenience. By making small adjustments like installing high-efficiency water heaters and using low-flow fixtures, households can enjoy significant savings without much effort. It’s a practical approach in today’s cost-conscious environment where everyone is seeking ways to cut expenses.

Setting the ideal hot water system temperature to reduce heating costs

One of the most effective ways to save on water heating costs in Brisbane is by adjusting your hot water system settings. This includes adjusting the thermostat to what is considered to be the optimal temperature; typically around 60-70 degrees Celsius. This temperature can prevent bacterial growth in the water while also minimising the risk of scalding injuries.

It is always essential to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for your specific hot water system to ensure key performance and safety. However, a factory setting is often greater than what it should be so take the time to seek the advice of a professional installer and if there is an opportunity to lower the temperature to what is considered an ideal range, do it. It can instantly help prevent excessive heating and reduce costs.

Regular hot water system maintenance

Regular maintenance of your hot water system is another essential aspect of cost-saving measures. Brisbane’s hot and humid climate can accelerate wear and tear on water heating systems, leading to decreased efficiency and increased energy consumption over time. A simple service callout, scheduled regularly, will help ensure your warranty is maintained. In addition, regular servicing allows your plumber to identify and repair leaks, corrosion and other issues before they become costly problems. Keeping up to date with maintenance is also an easy way to prolong the lifespan of your hot water system.

Water saving solutions in your own home

Another practical tip for reducing water heating costs is to make rather minor changes within your home. By adopting water-saving habits like turning off dripping taps, fixing leaks, and even installing low-flow showerheads, you can significantly lower your water bill. A leaking hot water tap will cost you big time – in water usage and extra water heating costs. Depending on the hot water system you own, some even offer you the option of installing a timer or scheduling hot water usage during off-peak hours to take advantage of lower electricity tariffs.

Upgrade to an energy-efficient hot water system

If you are in the market for a new hot water system, take the time to investigate the range of energy-efficient models on offer. Better still, chat with the team at Salmon Plumbing for expert advice on the best unit for your home. Everyone’s water usage and requirements differ so it’s important to choose the system that fits your household needs.

Modern water heaters come with a range of features – everything from improved insulation to smart controls that allow for better temperature regulation. Whilst the initial outlay may hurt the hip pocket, factor in the long-term savings. It’s a worthwhile investment, especially in Brisbane’s climate. And don’t forget to enquire about any available rebates, incentives, or energy-saving programs offered by the government or your local utility providers. You might find an offer that will accelerate your return on investment.

If you’re keen to reduce water heating costs, Brisbane specialists Salmon Plumbing are here to help. Get in touch today.

3 Signs Your Hot Water System May Be Dying

Water leaking from the base of unit can be a sign of dying hot water systems

When we invest in hot water systems, we expect them to provide reliable service for years to come, especially considering the price we pay. It’s a lasting companion rather than a mere appliance. Understanding the signs of decline becomes essential. We anticipate reliability with such an investment so when issues arise with the system, it’s not only frustrating and inconvenient – it may require very expensive repairs. Due to their complexities, and the sheer variety of hot water systems on the market, there can be any number of issues that can arise.

These three common signs are ones we recommend you look out for.

1. Reduced hot water supply

A sudden reduction in your hot water supply can be an early indication of underlying issues with the system. From hot water running out quicker than usual, to your tank not producing the volume it used to, these issues can suggest that the system’s heating element isn’t functioning as it should. Over time, mineral deposits can settle in the tank and impact the efficiency of the heating element. If picked up early through regular maintenance, flushing the tank can reduce/remove sediment build-up, prolonging the lifespan of your hot water system.

2. Leaks or corrosion

Leaks or corrosion around the base of your hot water system (or even closer to the fittings) can signify a range of potential issues. Rusty or discoloured water, regular drips, and even strange noises can be due to a failure of any one of the tank’s components. Whether it be a valve or a seal, you’ll not only be dealing with significant water wastage over time and potential damage to surrounding areas but also corrosion to the tank structure increasing the risk of damage.

Rusty water coming from your hot tap can be a sign of dying hot water systems

3. Sudden and unexpected hot water system failure

Unfortunately, sometimes a hot water tank can fail suddenly and unexpectedly without any warning. This often occurs in older systems or those with significant internal wear and tear that’s either gone unnoticed or has been overlooked. To mitigate the risk of sudden failure, keep note of your hot water system’s age and consider replacing it proactively if it’s nearing the end of its expected lifespan. Regular maintenance and inspections can go a long way to extending the lifespan of your hot water system by identifying potential issues before they lead to complete failure.

What Next?

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, it’s time to call in the hot water system professionals! Salmon Plumbing can promptly assist with any urgent repairs, and if necessary, install a new hot water system. Our experienced team can help you choose the best system for your household needs and your budget.

TIP! Don’t forget to check your system’s warranty coverage to determine if repairs or replacements are covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. This can potentially save a lot of money.

Once your concerns are cleared up, consider setting up a regular hot water system maintenance plan with a qualified Salmon Plumbing technician to help identify and address issues early, and enjoy an uninterrupted hot water supply just like you expect!

Don’t let hot water system woes leave you cold!
Get in touch with Salmon Plumbing today.

How to Choose the Best Hot Water System In Brisbane

Hot water systems are one of those things in our homes that we take for granted until hot water stops coming out of the taps…… and that’s fair enough. For the most part, hot water systems are hard-wearing, long-lasting and (mostly) hidden from view. But not from your budget. For Brisbane residents, the best hot water system isn’t just about your family’s needs, it’s about our climate – don’t worry we’re the experts hot water plumbers in Brisbane. We’ve got you.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Hot Water Storage System

Major household repairs never come at a good time, and a failing hot water storage system in the colder months can be not only inconvenient, but downright uncomfortable as you are forced to race in and out of the shower to avoid getting pneumonia!

Of course, prevention is always better than a cure, so what steps can you take ahead of time as a homeowner or landlord to extend the life of your hot water storage system? Well, it turns out, like most things you rely on, your hot water system requires maintenance. Some hot water system maintenance you can do yourself, but every five years, you must call in your favourite Brisbane Plumber for a full service.

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Why We’re the First Choice in Crane Truck Hire for Brisbane Roofers

Roofing isn’t just any old job – it’s a craft that demands real skill and top-notch gear. And let’s be honest, every single project matters. But it’s those big, challenging jobs that can really catapult your business into the spotlight.

Think about it – a job well done not only sparks glowing reviews around town; it also gives you some impressive photos for your portfolio.

If you’re faced with a major job where removal of the solar hot water system is required and you can’t handle it because you don’t have a crane truck, the last thing you want to do is refer it to another roofer. And there’s a good chance you don’t have the time to get your team crane truck licenses to operate a rental.

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