Checking Water Quality – Its Role in Hot Water Cylinder Maintenance

Hot water cylinders are widely used in the country, especially in residential areas. The system is usually comprised of water pipes connected to a broiler. Heated water travels out from the tank to the kitchen tap, bathroom shower, or any other parts of the house that require water use. Then, as the hot water exits, the tank draws in cold water and heats it again. The cycle repeats every time you use up water. According to Smarter Homes, with proper cylinder maintenance, you will never run out of hot water in your household for about 20 to 40 years. 

Unfortunately, hot water cylinder maintenance is most likely the last thing you think of when you list your usual home maintenance tasks. If you want to ensure your cylinder’s optimum condition, be sure to schedule regular check-ups and maintenance. You can start your routine by testing the water quality. 

You can use chlorine and hard water testing kits to check your home’s water quality. Alternatively, you can call in a plumbing company to have the water checked, and the cylinder inspected for possible damage.

Why Checking the Water Quality Matters

Not too long ago, Stuff published a report on Michael Neilson, a homeowner in Christchurch, who complained about his hot water cylinder failing after adding chlorine to the water. Neilson holds the Christchurch council accountable and demanded them to shoulder the $2167 bill. He is the second person to challenge the board in the last few years after the chlorination of the city’s water supply. Both the plumber and insurer confirmed his claim explaining that the damage indeed resulted from too much chlorine. 

The council has confirmed in earlier reports that the chlorine content of Christchurch’s water is indeed high. And yet, they still haven’t paid for the bill of Mr. Neilson. 

It is an upsetting situation, but it’s also the perfect example to emphasize the importance of checking water quality. If chlorine or other chemicals in the water exceed normal levels, it could result in a disaster similar to Neilson’s water heater problem.

How to Test Water Quality and What to Do When the Quality is Poor

If your water contains excessive amounts of chlorine, it could corrode the cylinder. In a typical setting, stainless steel doesn’t rust. But, if it’s exposed to chemicals such as chlorine, the passive layer of the metal slowly breaks down. The best way to get around the issue is to use chlorine treatment and filters. Also, if you move to an area with high water’s chlorine level, it may be worth it to invest in a copper cylinder.

On one hand, if the problem is caused by high levels of minerals like magnesium and calcium, your cylinder may suffer from pitting corrosion. The excess calcium or magnesium binds to free-floating chlorine. The process produces calcium chloride or magnesium chloride, which can attack both stainless steel and copper cylinders’ molecules. If you detect high levels of such minerals, you can use a water softener or schedule regular cylinder flushing.   

With regular maintenance checks, it would be easier for you to spot potential problems. This way, you get to use basic solutions and prevent damages to your hot water cylinder. If you suspect damage on your cylinder due to high chlorine, calcium, or magnesium, it’s highly recommended to have it checked right away. 

Call for Help When Needed

Oftentimes, it’s intimidating to do maintenance checks for usual home equipment like hot water cylinders. It can be challenging for some to spot the first signs of problems. Fortunately, there are a lot of professionals who can help you with plumbing works and water heater-related concerns. All you need is to call their attention and book an appointment. If you have problems with your heater, don’t hesitate to call for help.

Rinnai Infinity A Series PCB Board Installation

The video will show the step by step procedure of installing the Rinnai Infinity A Series PCB Board. Please be guided accordingly

  • Keeping the packaging up to the side make sure you keep the manual so you can give it to the client later on and place the unit on flat surface where you can work comfortably.
  • Use a Philips screw driver and remove 4 screws holding the front panel on. There is one on each corner.
  • Unpack the PCB board, be careful with it because it’s electronic, you’ll see that there are 5 ports that we will be connecting. They are all in a different shape.
  • Find 5 different wires on the unit that you will be connecting and notice that there is a pin at the bottom of the board that locks the PCB into the unit itself.
  • Find the correct set of wire and plug them into the corresponding ports on the control board. You can’t really get this wrong because they will only fit one way as they are all different shapes. If they don’t fit, DON’T force them and try another.
  • Now carefully drop the PCB into place and push the pin into the unit itself. You’ll see that it will lock it by going through the galvanized steel at the bottom of the device.
  • There is one more screw that you need to put on to keep the board secure inside the unit. You can ee that here. Use an appropriate tool so as to avoid hitting any cables or scratch the PCB.
  • Put the front board back on and put all 4 screws back in place with your driver. Be careful don’t over tighten Once you completed these, you’re pretty much good install the unit. Job complete.

Please make sure that once you have installed the unit you strictly follow the manufacturer’s commissioning instructions. Only attempt this PCB installation if you are qualified and competent to do so. Hot Water Cylinders NZ do not take any responsibility for following instructions within this video.

How to Buy Hot Water Cylinders Online

Online shopping is now a huge part of the new norm. More and more customers prefer to shop online because of convenience plus the larger selection of items they can choose from.  However, there are still some folks who have a hard time figuring out if online shopping works for them. This is especially true for those who need to purchase home equipment such as hot water cylinders.

In most cases, buyers looking for hot water cylinders prefer to head over to their favourite shops to check their options. But, in truth, it’s very much possible to shop for such items online. And it’s quite simple to do so. Check out the short online shopping guide for hot water cylinders. 

Buying trusted brands

The first thing you need to do when shopping online for specialised items such as heat pumps and hot water cylinders is to look for trusted brands.

Look for water heating equipment brands that are tried and tested by customers, that way you get the best value for your money. A good way to assess a brand’s credibility is doing a quick research online. Find out what customers say about them. Are they getting legitimate positive reviews? Do people say negative comments about the quality of their products.  

Check their web presence too. The majority of established companies that offer hot water cylinders and other water pump equipment have a strong online presence both in their website and social media. They also provide detailed descriptions of their product features and even troubleshooting guides.

Some of the best water heating system brands in the market include:

  • Greenglo
  • Dux
  • Rinnai
  • Rheem
  • Paloma
  • Chromagen

Long standing reputation

Besides checking the brand of the product, you should also look at the credibility and reliability of the shop. Find out how fast can they deliver the product? Do they provide an installation service? How about their orders and returns policy? Have you heard of customers complaining about a product they received?

It’s also crucial to read a shop’s shipping policy. Find out how long it takes for the shop to deliver an item. Which couriers do they use? Do they have their own courier? Do they offer international shipping? Is it possible to track your order?

Make sure to check everything about the shop before you complete a transaction. This way, you can set your expectations and find a seller that can meet your demands.

What to look for when buying hot water cylinders online

Water cylinders and heating systems are considered as highly critical appliances used in homes. Choosing the right one can mean a lot for you and everyone else living in your house. So, here’s a quick breakdown of everything you need to consider when shopping for a hot water cylinder online:

  • The cylinder’s water holding capacity – Typically, water heating cylinders can hold around 45 to 500 liters. There are also modern models that have a higher water holding capacity. When considering the water holding capacity of cylinder, you need to have a rough estimate of the peak water usage of your household.
  • The energy source of the heater – Water heaters can either powered by electricity, solar power or gas. It can be expensive to switch from one power source to another, so you need to figure out which option works best for you before you shop.
  • Drain valves – Check the product description to see whether the heating cylinder comes with brass or plastic drain valve. As much as possible, you should stay away plastic valves because they tend to wear out faster.
  • Product warranty – Like in buying any product, you need to check the warranty period. In most cases, water heating cylinders come with product warranties lasting anywhere between 3 to 12 years.
  • Main pressure vs Low pressure – Unvented or main pressure systems deliver hot or cold water to the outlets at a consistent pressure. Low pressure systems on one hand can come in two types. The first one makes use of pressure-reducing water valves to minimise the pressure coming from the main water source. The other one makes use gravity to feed water from the header tank to the storage water tank.

Top 5 Hot Water Cylinders in NZ

Rheem 160L Stellar Main Pressure Gas Hot Water Cylinder

If you are looking for a gas-powered water heating unit, the Rheem 160L Stellar is a good option. It can support peak water usage for around 3 to 6 people. It comes with 10-year product warranty plus 5-year labour warranty. The product is among the most efficient hot water cylinder in New Zealand as it comes with high flow rate. It works perfectly for one-bathroom homes with high to moderate water consumption.

Rinnai 180L Duplex Hot Water Cylinder

The Rinnai 180L 2KW duplex hot water cylinder is an electric-powered equipment. It’s also heat pump ready and made from premium quality stainless steel. It measures 550 mm x 1295 mm and can hold up to 180 litres. Additionally, it comes with a 2KW heating element.

Rheem 27 Continuous Flow Gas Heater

Need an economical gas heater? The Rheem 27 Continuous Flow Gas Heater is one of the finest options in the market. It is equipped with a digital display and an overheat protection system. You can either use LPG or natural gas to power the heating element of the equipment.

Green Glo Solar Ready Water Heating Cylinder

If you prefer using a solar-ready water heater cylinder, you can check out the Green Glo 180S. It has an enameled steel case and has a maximum heat exchange temperature of 95 degrees Celsius. The cylinder has a 520 mm diameter and 1660 mm height.

Dux Proflo 315L 3.6 KW Water Heating Cylinder

The Dux Proflo 315L cylinder is a versatile heating equipment that can be used in an outdoor or indoor setup. It comes with a 7-year product warranty plus 1-year labour warranty. It features a full flow water pressure system plus an enameled steel casing to ensure its durability.    

Need to buy a water heating cylinder today? Get in touch with our team or check out our product catalogue for hot water cylinders in New Zealand. We offer an extensive selection of products that would fit your needs, plus we can also install the equipment upon your request.

Thermann 26L Continuous Flow LPG Water Heater Review

Starting in 2012, it is no doubt that Thermann has become one of the fastest-growing hot water brands in both Australia and New Zealand. Thermann has identified only the best hot water technologies and has designed a range of systems that continue to be trailblazers in the hot water market. This makes Thermann water heaters the #1 choice for more and more plumbers across New Zealand.

Thermann stays true to its passion and mission to provide only the best quality of products with its continuous flow hot water systems, helping households and establishments all around.

Why Thermann Could Be For You

Continuous flow hot water systems utilize the flow of water, providing a continuous stream at the temperature you desire, without having the extra baggage of storage! One great advantage of this type of hot water system is that it only utilizes energy when you need heat, making it immensely efficient and can help you with cutting costs, especially during the cold season. Thermann’s latest range of continuous flow units is the perfect option and addition to New Zealand homes, catering to your personal needs.

As Thermann’s gas continuous flow water heaters heat the water only as you need, it becomes more environmentally friendly, reducing energy usage. This also helps you save more on your electricity bills. This characteristic and its usage technology gives it a 6-star energy rating, making Thermann’s gas continuous flow water heaters one of the most energy-efficient and affordable instant hot water systems on the market.

Aside from being energy-efficient, continuous flow water heaters also occupy less space because there is no need to accompany it with hot water storage units, which are the ones used traditionally. Its compact design allows it to be mounted on your wall, saving space with a small footprint. It can also act as a standalone system or can be used with other types of renewable technology.

Temperature controllers can also be installed to these units to accurately deliver required water temperatures to your faucets.

When you choose Thermann, you will be enjoying plenty of benefits such as:

  • Space saver – as it can be mounted on your wall with a small footprint only.
  • Heat water only as needed, so you will never run out of water.
  • Help cut energy costs by heating water only as needed.
  • Controllers may be installed to achieve the accurate water temperature you need ( which also helps children and elderly users).
  • Available in NG or LPG.
  • It comes in a variety of capacities.

Like with all continuous flow hot water systems, in some instances you need to be aware that:

  • There may be a need to upgrade your gas pipe, which may add up to your upfront costs.
  • A small amount of water ( approx. 1-2 liters) is wasted upon initial delivery.
  • You may notice a reduction in mains pressure when when high volumes of water are used.

These are things that you must consider when choosing which of the Thermann continuous flow hot water system units you chose. Not sure? Ask us for advice!

Some factors that will play a role in what size unit you need.

How Many Bathrooms Does You Have at Home?

When turning on the hot water tap, Thermann’s continuous flow gas hot water system is immediately put into action to supply hot water. However, heavy usage can occur in your home and Thermann acknowledges that. These moments arise during the mornings, when everybody is scrambling to take a shower, hence using more than 1 at a time. This can also happen when you have guests over. When choosing a continuous flow gas hot water, it is important to keep in mind your household and select the correct size.

More bathrooms will require you to purchase and install a larger system that can deliver more, an example of this will be the Thermann 6 Star Continuous Flow at 26 ( twenty-six) Liters.

Which Thermann Continuous Flow Gas Hot Water System Is the One for You?

With homes having 1 or 2 bathrooms only, the  Thermann 6 Star Continuous Flow at 16 liters or at 20 liters is suitable but you can always get a larger model to have more capacity in future, checking the price differnce is sometimes worth it. If you have 2-3 bathrooms in your household, a larger continuous flow hot water system will come in handy, such as the Thermann 6 Star Continuous Flow at 26 Liters.

Homes with home spas or bathtubs are recommended to purchase the Thermann 6 Star Continuous Flow at 26 liters or Thermann C7 Continuous Flow, which is available at 26 liters (higher demand). These units can cater to the biggest amount of water for your needs.

Installing your unit closer to the hot water tap/outlet to be used will be efficient in transporting the heated water to the fixture you are using, limiting the time it needs to travel from the source.

Other Accessories Needed

Installing Thermann Continuous Flow Hot Water Systems in enclosures will help protect the unit. Universal Continuous Flow Controllers are also available to control the temperature of the water to what you want.

Please speak to your Gasfitter or Hot Water Cylinders NZ about fluing options. 

Thermann 26L Continuous Flow LPG Water Heater

This unit from Thermann is the Thermann 26L Continuous Flow LPG Water Heater. Like many of the units from Thermann, it is compact; thus, saves space and is quite easy to install. It delivers 26 L/min at 25°C rise and 16.25 L/min at 40°C rise. The energy rating in unit with 50°C is at 6.1, while those at 60°C is at 6.0, making these units extremely energy efficient. This unit is capable of servicing 2-3 (two to three) bathrooms in a household. It is also available for Natural Gas users.

Here Are the Thermann 26L Continuous Flow LPG Water Heater Features:

  • Continuous flow technology
  • Compact and efficient design
  • 6 ( six) star energy rating
  • Providing New Zealand homes with a superior technology straight from Nortiz, Japan’s leading manufacturer of household water heaters
  • Never run out of water
  • Made in Japan
  • Electronic ignition means no standby pilot light
  • Also available in 16 ( sixteen) liter and 20 ( twenty) liter units.
  • Also available in Natural fuel type
  • It can be purchased with a temperature setting of 50°C and 60°C.
  • This unit is suitable for 1-3 ( one to three) bathrooms.
  • Installation is external.
  • Delivers 26 L/min at 25°C rise
  • 50 (fifty) deg C temperature setting.
  • 200 (two hundred) MJ/h gas consumption.
  • The number of people is at 4-6 (four to six).
  • Warranty protected

The Thermann 26L Continuous Flow LPG Water Heater comes with a 12-year warranty on the heat exchanger, and a 3-year warranty on full parts and labor.

Other Thermann Products

A universal continuous flow controller is also available. This product helps with the control of water temperature and pressure that can serve your needs.

The Thermann C7 high-efficiency Gas Continuous Flow unit ensures reduced wasted energy by pre-heating the water using heat from the gas exhaust using less energy. Optional universal controllers ensure you always have precise control of your hot water temperature settings. The unit is available as a 26L model in both NG and LPG to suit your gas type.

Thermann also produces hot water cylinder tanks for homes of all sizes that deliver full mains pressure. These are called the Thermann Electric Hot Water Cylinders. These require low maintenance and have a long service life, full flow pressure to all outlets, can be installed both outdoors and indoors, and the steel tank features rock-hard Duro-namel vitreous enamel to maximize tank life and durability. Models that cater 25L and 50L feature dual handed v-fit plumbing connections for easier access.

Thermann hot water units are state-of-the-art and are developed across the world. There is an assurance of precision and quality in all Thermann products. Thermann sets the new standards for hot water systems in Australia and New Zealand, with the aim to provide the ultimate hot water experience. Thermann provides hot water for every household, no matter the size.

The Importance of Pressure Reducing Valves

Hot water cylinders are utilised in many New Zealand homes. A series of pipes are responsible for the transport of water to your property’s plumbing.  Whether you rely on public water supply or use pumps, water travelling to your property should be regulated to protect your existing fixtures and hot water system. This includes the regulation of water pressure and quality.  

The video above shows just how bad a leak can be when things go wrong. This is an old pressure reducing valve on a low-pressure hot water cylinder that could no longer cope with the incoming pressure. 

Why Are Pressure Reducing Valves So Important ?

In the city, most homes are supplied with a public water main feed. This feed is not pressure regulated, nor is it guaranteed to supply debris free water. This ultimately means that you need to take measures to protect your fixtures and hot water system from the incoming quality and pressure of your public water supply. 

How Does a Pressure Limiting (Reducing) Valve Work?

This Diagram of an Ajax type pressure reducing valve nicely explains what happens to incoming pressure. 

Hot Water Systems

If you have low pressure you will most likely know that there is potential for more pressure. Knowing this, it becomes pretty obvious that there is a device which limits the incoming pressure. This device is a pressure reducing valve and is rated in meters. A common rating is 7.5 meters which in other words means that the pressure is regulated to 7.5 meters of atmospheric pressure. 

 

Those of us that enjoy mains pressure are less concerned about regulating pressure, we may believe that the more pressure the better or that it does not need to be regulated, but is that entirely true?   

Appliance and Fixture Ratings

Your hot water system, your appliances, your taps and even your toilets are all pressure rated and should be regulated. This means that they will only cope with a certain amount of pressure before there is potential for failure. This may include a scenario such as in the above video where there is a high risk for flooding when failure happens. 

Please ask Hot Water Cylinders NZ if you are unsure about how to rate any of your plumbing related fixtures and hot water system. 

Where Do I Install the Pressure Reducing Valve?

Pressure reducing or limiting valves will protect your home and everything connected to your plumbing within. So it makes sense to install this valve as upstream as possible within the plumbing system. Typically this would be directly after the water meter on your public supply. 

Often, with low pressure systems this is not desirable at all because one may still want to enjoy “mains pressure” on the cold but continue to accommodate the low pressure hot water cylinder on the hot side in which case the low pressure reducing valve will only be installed on the cold water inlet of the hot water cylinder. These systems are well known as “unbalanced hot water systems”. Another issue with low pressure valves is that they are large and “bulky” making it difficult to install within a meter box where they are prone to damage and sensitive to pressure fluctuation. 

Every home should be protected from the effects of incoming pressure which can majorly increase without notice. 

If you need advice or are unsure about which valve suits your circumstances best, give us a ring and we can help. Hot Water Cylinders NZ also offer valve replacement and repairs. 

Here a list of valves which we may recommend.

RMC Products

RMC has a variety of pressure reducing valves that cater to your needs. Not only do they have pressure-relieving valves, but they also have a variety of products that go with, or have more features that will make it multifunctional.

Here are some of RMC’s pressure reducing valves:

RMC 4 in 1 Hot Inlet Control Valve c/w Adj Limiting 20mm CV75

 Manufacturer: RMC

 Product Specs:

 The Filling-Group type 2128 is designed to automatically fill and refill central heating installations. The Filling-Group is permanently connected to the heating installation. The connection to the potable water system is made with a hose. When the supply pressure falls below the pressure of the heating installation during the filling operation, the water goes into the potable water system. 

 

RMC Cold Water Expansion Valve 700kpa CE75H-700-KPA

Manufacturer: RMC

This product comes in 2 variations, the RMC Cold Water Expansion Valve 700kpa CE75H- 700-KPA and the RMC Cold Water Expansion Valve 800kpa CE75H- 800-KPA.

RMC Hot Water Cylinder Valve Package

 Manufacturer: RMC

 This pack includes 4 in 1 Control Valve, Pressure Limiting Valve, Tempering Valve, Cold Water Expansion Valve, and Male/Female Ball Valve.

RMC HT575 Pressure & Temp Relief Valve 20mm 850kpa HT705

 Manufacturer: RMC

RMC’s Pressure and Temperature Relief (P & T Relief) Valves are safety controls that ensure that the temperature of the water in a pressurized unvented water heater cannot exceed 99° C in the event that the normal thermostatic controls fail.

These valves may be used to guard against over temperature and over-pressure hazards wherever water is stored in unvented containers. This is a requirement of Australian Standard AS 3500-4. RMC P & T Relief Valves are available in 15 mm and 20 mm configurations.

RMC Low Pressure Reducing Feed Valve 7.6m 76kpa D505NZ

 Manufacturer: RMC

This comes in two variations, RMC Low Pressure Reducing Feed Valve 7.6m 76kpa D505NZ and the RMC Low Pressure Reducing Feed Valve 3.7m 37kpa D503NZ.

RMC Pressure Limiting Valve Adj 15mm 155-550kpa 80deg PRV015

 Manufacturer: RMC

The RMC Pressure Reducing Valve is used in water systems to limit the downstream pressure to the pre-set maximum. It compensates for fluctuating upstream pressure to maintain constant maximum outlet pressure.

This is suitable for demanding commercial and industrial applications and multi-unit dwellings and can be used to reduce pressure upstream of commercial and industrial devices such as dosing apparatuses, high-pressure cleaners, and laboratory equipment.

The RMC Pressure Reducing Valve can deliver high flow rates with minimal head loss. This is available in 15 mm, 20 mm, 25 mm, 32 mm, 40 mm, and 50 mm configurations with female BSP thread connections.

RMC Pressure Limiting Valve Adj 20mm 155-550kpa SYR-310620

 Manufacturer: RMC

A range of economy domestic/light commercial quality pressure reducing valves, suitable for various applications at temperatures up to 40°C (60°C for 1 hour max.) The valves are designed for a low-pressure drop, so minimizing noise levels.

The pressure-balanced diaphragm construction and drop-tight design also ensure constant outlet pressure is maintained across all flow rates and no-flow conditions.

All models feature cartridge construction, fully serviceable strainer and female BSP connections for ease of installation and maintenance and are suitable for use with warm water, fuel oil, compressed air, neutral gases and neutral non-sticking liquids.

Why Choose Hot Water Cylinders NZ?

Here at Hot Water Cylinders NZ, we give you the best quality service and the assurance of world-class products and customer service. We not only provide pressure controllers, but also main pressure cylinders, low-pressure cylinders, gas water heating, and many more. We aim to serve you because you are our priority. That is the type of service you can get with New Zealand’s #1 hot water heating and plumbing specialist.

Introducing Bosch Electronic Highflow Continuous Flow Hot Water Heater

Bosch is undoubtedly one of the leading brands of water heaters in the market today and boasts excellent energy efficiency ratings. This enables Bosch water heaters to provide significant savings on running costs daily and preserves the environment too.

In the past, most New Zealand homes have chosen storage tanks as their hot water system. Today, Bosch is changing the way households use hot water – offering the widest range of continuous flow hot water systems.

Why Choose Bosch?

The recent influx of continuous flow hot water systems provides an efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional gas and electric storage units. If you’re building a new home, renovating, or merely replacing your existing hot water system, Bosch is the right brand for the job. When it comes to hot water systems, Bosch offers a gas continuous flow water heater to suit your every need.

Bosch continuous flow systems only heat enough water for your every need, so you’ll never run out of hot water. Your entire household can shower at the same time and enjoy hot water instead of enduring a cold shower!

Continuous flow hot water systems occupy less space as compared with traditional storage hot water units. They can easily be mounted outside or, if you want, you can conveniently install internal systems in a cupboard (flueing required).

Electronic continuous flow systems can also provide you with a precise temperature adjustment feature using a temperature controller.

Here are the advantages you will enjoy when you choose to install a Bosch continuous flow hot water system:

  • Heat water only as required
  • Never run out of hot water
  • Save money on energy costs
  • Space-saving, compact design
  • Precise temperature control* giving parents added peace of mind for their children’s safety
  • Extensive range of accessories to add to the appearance of your home

Here are the disadvantages of installing a Bosch continuous flow hot water system:

  • There is some delay before the water is sufficiently heated to the right temperature
  • More water is wasted
  • It is not suitable for households with high hot water needs

Here are a few things to consider when choosing the right hot water system for your home:

How many bathrooms does your home have?

Bosch continuous flow gas hot water systems provide hot water at the turn of a tap. However, we recognise that there are times where heavy usage occurs. For example, in busy morning times, there may be more than one shower operating at the same time. It is important to select a hot water unit with a capacity to suit your household’s needs.

A two- or three-bathroom home will require a larger system, such as a Bosch 26e.

What type of Bosch Hot Water unit is right for you?

If your home has one bathroom, a Bosch 17e or 21e may be suitable. For 2-3-bathroom homes in colder climates, Bosch recommend a larger hot water system, such as a 26e.

Is there a spa bath* or large bath installed in the home?

Bosch recommends the 26e or 32 litre unit be installed in homes with a spa bath* or large bath in order to manage the larger volume of hot water required to fill the baths.

What is the distance to the bathroom and other hot water outlets in the home?

It is most efficient to have the hot water system installed in a location closer to the outlets used most frequently such as the shower or kitchen. This helps to reduce the time it takes for the hot water to reach the outlets.

Other Accessories

When installing an Electronic Highflow system in your new home, accessories to consider include a fully enclosed recess box or a pipe cover.

Bosch Electronic Highflow 26e

The Bosch Electronic Highflow 26e unit is compact, space-saving and easy to install. It delivers 26 L/min at a 25°C rise, has a 5.53 energy efficiency rating, is suitable for 2-3-bathroom homes and is available in Natural or LP Gas.

Here are the unit’s features:

  • 53-star energy efficiency
  • Continuous flow technology
  • Delivers 26 L/min at a 25°C temperature rise
  • Compact design
  • Install up to 4 optional temperature controllers
  • Suitable for 2-3-bathroom homes
  • 55°C model standard
  • Anti-frost included on all models
  • External installation only
  • Solar compatible without the need for a solar transfer valve
  • Available in Natural or LP Gas
  • Comprehensive warranties

The unit comes with a Domestic Warranty with 3 Years of Parts and Labour and 10 Years of Heat Exchanger (part only).

Bosch Electronic Highflow 21e

The Bosch Electronic Highflow 21e Continuous Flow Hot Water Heater is compact, space-saving and easy to install. It delivers 21 L/min at a 25°C rise, has a 5.56 energy efficiency rating, is suitable for 1-2-bathroom homes and is available in Natural or LP Gas.

Here are the unit’s features:

  • 56-star energy efficiency
  • Continuous flow technology
  • Delivers 21 L/min at a 25°C temperature rise
  • Compact design
  • Install up to 4 optional temperature controllers
  • Suitable for 1-2-bathroom homes
  • 55°C model standard
  • Antifrost included with all models
  • External installation only
  • Solar compatible without the need for a solar transfer valve
  • Available in Natural or LP Gas
  • Comprehensive warranties

The unit comes with a Domestic Warranty with 3 Years of Parts and Labour and 10 Years of Heat Exchanger (part only).

Bosch Electronic Highflow Features

Bosch Electronic Highflow units are compact, space-saving and easy to install. This range is specifically designed for maximum energy efficiency and environmental protection, providing a minimum of 5.5+ star performance rating.

With a Bosch Highflow you are assured continuous hot water, while saving money and caring for the environment. Highflow systems are available in 17, 21 and 26 litre per minute flow rates and are available in Natural or LP gas.

Other Bosch Electronic Highflow Features and Benefits:

  • No need to mix hot and cold water. Simply select the temperature you desire and turn on the hot water tap.
  • Main controller can be set to the maximum temperature of the unit.
  • Bathroom controller and Sub controller have a maximum temperature of 50°C for safety.
  • Volume setting – user can specify the output of water in litres.
  • Assistance Call button allows the user to signal other household members via an audible alarm.
  • Water Saver / Bath Fill function – an audible alarm will sound, and water flow will stop when the predefined volume is reached.
  • Bosch controllers come with a comprehensive 3 years parts and labour warranty.

For generations, Bosch has been dedicated to providing quality products that protect the environment and conserve resources. We’ve got your every need in our minds as we design our products. We only want the best for you, our customers, so you can rest easy in the assurance that we deliver the best quality products to cater to your needs.

 

5 Successful Northshore (Rodney) Hot Water Cylinder Installations

If you live on the North Shore, contact us today for the best available deals North of Auckland.

Unbeatable prices and service! We will beat any quote you have.

Hot Water Cylinders NZ have completed over 50 hot water installations North of Auckland in the last 3 months.

Here our top 5 favourite picks:

#1 Gas hot water installation in Sunnynook:

Here a classic gas hot water installation in Sunnynook North Shore.

System Spec:

  • Remove old low pressure hot water cylinder and replace with Gas.
  • Rheem 27 LPG
  • Test pressure and commission. 

#2 Gas hot water installation in Takapuna:

Replace Vulcan Freeloader with Rheem Stellar

Takapuna North Shore area.

System Spec:

  • Remove old leaking Vulcan Freeloader and replace with new Rheem Stellar.
  • Maintain existing gas connections.
  • Rearrange plumbing to suit
  • Rheem 27 LPG
  • Test pressure and commission.

#3 Gas Rinnai Infinity installation in Birkdale:

Replace Vulcan Freeloader with Rinnai Infinity

Birkdale North Shore area.

System Spec:

  • Remove old leaking Vulcan Freelaoder and replace with new Rinnai Infinity.
  • Maintain existing gas connections.
  • Rearrange plumbing to suit
  • Rinnai Infinity 27 Natural Gas
  • Test pressure and commission.

#4 Low Pressure Upgrade in Glenfield:

Replace Low Pressure with Rheem Main Pressure Stainless Steel

Glenfield North Shore area.

System Spec:

  • Remove old leaking low pressure hot water cylinder and replace with new mains pressure.
  • Maintain existing plumbing connections.
  • Rearrange plumbing to suit.
  • Rheem mains pressure 180L 3KW electric
  • Test pressure and commission.

#5 Mains pressure gas continuous flow Bosch unit in Albany:

Replace old burst Rheem hot water cylinder with new continuous flow unit.

Albany North Shore area.

System Spec:

  • Remove old burst low pressure hot water cylinder and replace with new mains instant hot water flow unit.
  • Relocate existing plumbing connections to exterior.
  • Rearrange plumbing to suit.
  • Bosch Hydroflow 16L/min
  • Test pressure and commission.

Hot Water Cylinders NZ are the originals and specialists in hot water. Contact us today for your unbeatable quote.

 

Flexible Sacrificial Anodes: The Future of Water Heating Technology

Would you spend 449 including GST to increase your hot water cylinders lifespan by 10 years?

Of course! 

Imagine living in a place filled with a light cool breeze during the day, and freezing temperatures during the night. Turning on the faucets and having warm or hot water for baths, showers, washing, and whatnots is a complete comfort – the epitome and pinnacle of rest and relaxation.

In New Zealand, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence. For a country far from the sun’s rays on the equator New Zealand is definitely a cool place, abundant of rainfall and glaciers. Temperatures in New Zealand go from 10 degrees centigrade down south, and 16 degrees centigrade up north. Throughout the year, temperatures change ever so slightly!

A specific type of tank-type water heater is the Hot Water Cylinder, that uses supply water pressure and delivers hot water to showers and taps. As this type of system does not use a cold-water storage tank, it is designed for small spaces and sometimes limited access. Hot Water Cylinders are enclosed with safety mechanisms that include relief valves, thermostats, and somtimes expansion vessels.

Why You Need A Sacrificial Anode

The problem with this type of heating system is that it does not last very long at the constant pressure and heat changes it faces. That is where a sacrificial anode comes to place. This replaceable component helps maintain and control the rate of corrosion there is in the tank and is present in every water heating system. Sacrificial anodes are often made out of magnesium and attracts all corrosive elements to prevent metal breakdown.

In the span of 10 years, these anodes become very corrosive and will degrade, contributing to the damage of the heating system itself. What many people don’t know is that this anode can easily be replaced, expanding its life to over 20 years, and getting the bang out of your buck.

It should be noted that only steel hot water storage needs a sacrificial anode. It becomes a secondary type of protection to the steel in any hot water tank. Because anode rods are created using less sturdy metals than steel, the node fends off attack from minerals and other materials in your water. This is why anodes are called sacrificial.

Another thing that many people don’t know is that sacrificial anodes must be replaced every 5 years to get over 20 years of use from the hot water cylinder! The real problem now is replacing the anode in a really small, tight, and cramped place such as the hot water cupboard. Replacing this over 1 meter long component needs wide space and it should not be removed or disconnected in the cylinder, which is terribly a huge cost.

Why Use the Flexible Sacrificial Anode?

This is where the Flexible Sacrificial Anode comes into light! This type of sacrificial anode eliminates several other challenges when it comes to replacing the anode. There will no longer be a need to drain and remove the cylinders, and you will no longer have to put a hole above your ceiling for access!

This anode needs less than 250 millimeters of clearance and is very time efficient as it can be installed in an hour. Upgrading your sacrificial anode to a flexible sacrificial anode is the best choice to make, because expanding the life span if your hot water cylinder outweighs the costs of buying a new one every few years.

Where to Buy Flexible Sacrificial Anodes

Buying flexible hot water cylinder sacrificial anodes are no longer a hassle in the country. Companies like Rheem, a New Zealand staple since 1958, sell products that are at the leading edge of hot water heating technology that benefits not only residential areas, but also the commercialized areas of the country.

Hot Water Cylinders NZ invests in innovation and technology to improve your experience with hot water systems here in New Zealand. Our latest innovation allows you to replace your existing Anode without having to dismantle your whole water cylinder installation. Becuase conventional Rods are very long it is almost impossible to replace without disconnecting the entire cylinder and its pipework enabling this physically.  A flexible anode makes this possible and avoids these costs. Without much hassle our technicians will remove the degraded Rod and easily replace is with a flexible model keeping the hot water cylinder in its place which provides the same protection at a much lower installation cost.

Learn more about how to upgrade your sacrificial anode when replacing a hot water cylinder here.

Is Your Hot Water Cylinder Leaking? Here are 7 Possible Causes

Leaks are never planned and when they happen, the timing is always bad!

This guide will help you identify where the leak may be coming from and what could have caused your hot water cylinder leak.

Whether you use Hot Water Cylinders NZ to do the repair or not, by asking the right questions and/or providing the right information, you will save hundreds if not thousands in repairs or replacement depending on system type and size.

Cause #1: Damage Caused by External Forces

External damage may cause a leak within the hot water system. If your hot water cylinder is relatively new (7 years or less) then the probability of a leak resulting from wear and tear is low.

Some questions you may want to ask yourself are:

  • Have any works taken place on my property? This includes any renovation works etc.
  • Have I repaired or replaced a plumbing fixture? This includes minor upgrades such as replacing a tap to larger upgrades such as replacing a shower. Often such upgrades can result in leaks to your hot water system. Our specialists will quickly be able to investigate through a process of elimination to determine the cause.
  • Has local Council done any upgrades? Watercare can often upgrade public watermains introducing more pressure onto a private property. This added pressure may spring a leak within the hot water system.
  • Is your hot water cupboard often used for storage or drying laundry? It may well be that pipework has been knocked resulting in a loose connection. If this is the case, please don’t attempt to repair this yourself. You may risk the pressure blowing the fitting off which will become very difficult to isolate and will cause flooding.

The good news is that most hot water cylinder leaks can be repaired, keeping your cost low. Time is often of the essence.  If you quickly identify or suspect one of the above external forces to be the likely cause, please let us know at time of booking.

Cause #2: Recent Electrical Repairs or Element Replacement

When the immersion element is damaged due to age, electrical failure or otherwise, an electrician or Limited Electrical License holder such as a plumber will need to replace the element and/or the thermostat.

When this occurs you need to be aware of several things:

  1. Your tank has been under pressure for a long time. This pressure has been consistent but when the element is replaced the tank will “decompress” which results in the movement of all components internally, including the welded seem. Often, cylinders that have had no issues prior to this decompression will start to leak once the cylinder undergoes repressurisation. This expansion and contraction is more than enough to crack a welded seam under certain circumstances.

    We always advise consumers to think carefully about an investment that could require a full replacement a few months later. Often it’s better to make this investment into a new hot water cylinder system than into a repair that represents a third of the total cost. View our “*Is Your Hot Water Cylinder Leaking?” section for more info.

  2. Once the element is replaced, if you find a leak in the vicinity of the element, then the element seals have not been installed properly or could be faulty. This information comes in handy if you recently had your element replaced and have spotted a leak.

  3. Always make sure that your contactor replaces the element with an equal wattage e.g 2kW should be replaced with 2kW and not the more common 3 kW. 3kW elements are cheaper to purchase and corners could be cut which may end up costing you more.  A higher kW rating means more load on your existing wiring and HWC which again due to age may fail.

Cause #3: Safety Valves May Be Operating

We have some great information about cold water expansion valves. Here are a couple of resources:

Cause #4: Vacuum Relief Valves or Open Vents may be Overflowing

If you possess a Low Pressure Hot Water Cylinder then your installation will either include a vacuum relief valve or an open vent.

Cause #5: Age of Your Hot Water Cylinder

If your hot water cylinder is ageing and has sprung a leak, our recommendation is that you save any money you intended to spend on an investigation or repair. Having completed over 5,000 installations to date, our records show that 2 out of 10 repaired hot water cylinders end up being replaced within 3 months of the repair. This of course will depend on the fault, cylinder & environment, but in most cases a plumbing company will charge a fee to investigate and/or attempt a repair if you’re agreeable. It’s best to make sure that you will not be charged before they despatch a technician.  

TAKE NOTE: To attempt to repair a cylinder of this age including replacement of the element may result in unintended additional damage. Element threads are often seized and too much force will crack the internal tank. Low pressure hot water cylinders are often made of copper which is a relatively soft material. It will not take much force to cause a leak.

Cause #6: Watercare & Council Watermain Upgrades

If road works are visible from your home, then there is a high chance your home is affected. Particularly if you notice a leak during or after these works are complete and you didn’t have the necessary protection in place such as a pressure reducing or limiting valve which regulates your incoming pressure.

An increase of pressure may result in:

  • Safety valves suddenly discharging water
  • Open vents overflowing
  • Burst hot water cylinders

To add to the strain, often debris will find its way into households causing other issues such as hot water fluctuation or blockages on valves such as toilet inlet vales and hot water system valves.  If you intend to install a pressure reducing valve, it is highly recommended you also install a strainer which will isolate any unintended debris from entering your home.

 

If you would like more information about Watercare compensation for watermain leaks and processes, please visit the following article: Watermain Leaking? Here is What You Can Do.

Cause #7: Dissimilar Metals & A Failed Sacrificial Anode

Every steel hot water cylinder contains a specialised Hot Water Cylinder Sacrificial Anode. Over time they break down so your hot water cylinder doesn’t. But what happens when are fully broken down? What will protect your hot water cylinder?

Whilst this is one of the causes a cylinder may leak, you may ask your, “well isn’t it a bit late once my cylinder is leaking?” You are absolutely right! This information won’t help if your cylinder is leaking but it will provide you with some knowledge around why it may be and what you can do to prevent it from happening again.

For other faults such as electrical faults or no hot water at all, please visit the following resources:

The above is a short list of causes that apply more than others. We also come across dozens of isolated causes which we have not included due to their rarity.

If you are unsure what may have caused a fault on your hot water cylinder, why not give us a quick call and speak to our highly qualified hot water cylinder specialists?

In many cases we can identify the fault over the phone at no cost to you. Alternatively, in 80% of all cases, we are able to identify the fault over the phone and immediately advise of repair and/or replacement costs. Hot Water Cylinders are New Zealand’s #1 hot water specialists and are ready to assist 24/7.

Why Choose the Rheem Stellar?

Rheem is considered to be one of the most trusted names in New Zealand when it comes to water heaters.  Even in the early days, they have provided the latest in water heating technology and have thus branched out to other products, as well as catering to both the residential and commercial markets.  For the home, Rheem has introduced several products, such as the Gas Continuous Flow Water Heater, the Indoor Gas Storage, and lastly the outdoor gas storage.

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Outdoor Gas Storage

For the Outdoor Gas Storage, the Rheem Stellar is now considered to be the most efficient gas storage water heater available in New Zealand. In fact, it is even known as the “king” of gas water heaters designed for outdoor installation.

It boasts of a high flow rate ability delivering up to 40 litres of water per minute that is why this makes it ideal  for homes with numerous bathrooms, high delivery tap ware, massage showers, and homes with high hot water consumption.  Another reason why this product is considered as one of the best is that has no electrical connections therefore making it still work in cases when power breaks down. Also, what is reassuring to the client is that it has a 10-year warranty.

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Two Model Types of the Rheem Stellar Gas Water Heater:

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Model Approx. Storage Capacity (Litres) # People in Moderate Climate # People in Cold Climate Installation Location Gas Type
Stellar 850330NOZ 130 2-5 2-4 Outdoor Natural
Stellar 850360NOZ 160 3-6 3-5 Outdoor Natural
Model Stellar 850330NOZ Stellar 850360NOZ
Approx. Storage Capacity (Litres) 130 160
# People in Moderate Climate 2-5 3-6
# People in Cold Climate 2-4 3-5
Installation Location Outdoor Outdoor
Gas Type Natural Natural

Both Rheem Stellar models are available in natural gas only and also for outdoor installation. Because of its mains pressure, it can power many taps at one time. The Stellar 850330NAZ has a 130L capacity and has a superior 200L per hour hot water recovery while the Stellar 850360NAZ has a 160L capacity and a 175L per hour hot water recovery. Not only does the Stellar have finer qualities, it also has a modern styling that blends well with the external home environment. Both have the Stellar SuperFlue which increases efficiency and performance.
Pros and Cons of a Rheem Stellar

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Pros of Rheem Stellar:
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• A gas water heater has faster heating compared to electric models. An electric heater takes at least an hour to heat up 25 gallons of water whereas a gas heater can heat up a 50-gallon tank. This is important if you have a large family because of the high demands for hot water.
• Another advantage of using a gas water heater is that it has potentially lower cost. Although electric heaters are more energy efficient compared to gas heaters but gas heaters make up the cost by having electricity cost more than a natural gas in some places.
• Gas heaters can still work even if there’s a blackout. Since gas heaters do not have any electric connections, this make them work even in cases of power outages.
• The Rheem Stellar is specifically designed as a direct replacement if you have a Vulcan Freeloader.
• Another important thing to note if you are using or going to use the Rheem Stellar is that, you do not have to have space indoors since this is for outdoor use.
• It is also for mains or high pressure.
• If you are using a big overhead shower or a rain-head the Rheem Stellar can still deliver enough water for you.
• For a large family, having multiple bathrooms is a must so using this product is essential since it delivers at least 40 litres of water per minute.
Cons of Rheem Stellar:
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• Gas water heaters can cost a bit higher as compared to an electric heater upfront and in its maintenance and installation but in the long run, you can then make up for your expenses.
• This has a shorter life span compared to an electric water heater. Electric water heaters can last up to 13-14 years compared to a gas water heater which can only last up to 13 years.
• It has a more difficult installation process because it includes a ventilation system. If your home has no gas line or has no previous gas heater, pipes or a gas line may need to be installed.
• If there is only the two of you in the household then using the Rheem Stellar may not be the best option for you. A lot of energy is used to heat up large amount of water and your consumption is low therefore it would not be advisable to have this installed in your home.
• It is started or controlled by a pilot light which means if this goes out, you may have issues turning on your water heater.
• The Rheem Stellar is designed for large consumption of hot water; it could take up a lot of outdoor space. This could be a problem if this is located in an access way or something similar.
• Rheem Stellars can take up high amount of gas consumption. If your area has a high cost for natural gases then this could be an issue for you.
• If the whole family shower at the same time, the Rheem Stellar may not be able to answer to the demand since it does not supply endless amount of hot water.
• If you are out to work or on a holiday, the Rheem Stellar could still be consuming gas.
• Lastly, this is not available for use in LPG.
You must take into consideration that at least a quarter of your energy costs goes to heating that is why, you have to make sure that you are making the right decision when choosing the best water heater for your family. Operational expenses are not the only factor that you have to consider, you must consider also the upfront cost and the maintenance cost as well.
Rheem Stellar Stainless Steel Electric Water Heater
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There are now two available Rheem Stellar models, which is the gas and then introducing the electric water heater. The stainless steel water heater is at least 40% lighter compared to the vitreous enamel which makes it easier for plumbers to handle, transport and then do the installation. It is also aesthetically pleasing being it is in a modern design as well as offering durability. The key features of the Rheem Stellar Electric are:
• It has superior energy efficiency which gives it a lower energy cost compared to other conventional electric water heaters.
• It has a better performance of 12-24% against the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS).
• Available in a wide range of sizes such as: 80L, 125L, 160L, 250L and 315L
• If you are located in an area where there are economical off peak tariffs then the 160L model and up is the one suitable for you.
• Long term maintenance costs and services are reduced since the Rheem Stellar electric heater does not require a sacrificial anode for protection.
• It has a 75°C maximum thermostat setting which is higher compared to other products.
• This product also has a 10-year cylinder warranty
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• It has a reduced energy costs with 5 Star energy efficiency rating.
• Its hot water capacity is up to 390L in the first hour.
• The Rheem Stellar has better recovery when hot water is needed since it has 185L of mains pressure of hot water recovery every hour and an additional 50L additional recovery through the inbuilt user-adjustable mixing valve.
• Because of its mains pressure the Rheem Stellar Gas can accommodate the needs of a large family.
• Just like the Rheem Stellar Electric, maintenance and services are reduces since it does not need a sacrificial anode for protection.
• It also has a 10-year cylinder warranty.
• Replacing a Vulcan Freeloader:
• If you have an existing Vulcan freeloader and its causing you trouble and needs replacing you will be pleased to hear that by replacing it with a Rheem Stellar, you are practically replacing it “like for like”. Only a small modification needs to made to the gas pipework (more from one side to other) which is straight forward. Other than that, the location and all plumbing can be reused to install the Rheem Stellar.
• Checkout our Vulcan to Rheem Stellar replacement special here.

Get a free Rheem Stellar Quote. We always recommend contacting a professional when you plan to upgrade or replace your water heater system.