Do you have a Vulcan Freeloader gas water heater? It amazes me how many of these gas hot water cylinders are installed in metropolitan areas despite the fact that we replace dozens every year. We repair an even larger amount every year.
If your vulcan freeloader has stopped working don’t panic you might not need a new one yet. Sometimes the flame can be smudged or the magnetic flame driven thermocouple can be worn out. Under such circumstances the cylinder can be revived. Generally if the freeloader is too old any repair is simply not economic and we recommend replacement. You can trust that newer models are much more efficient in gas usage, in retaining temperatures inside the tank and comply to all modern standards making sure you and your family remain safe.
There are several cost efficient options we can recommend depending on your circumstances. Whether your replacing your freeloader or needing a fix speak to New Zealand’s hot water cylinder specialists.
The title to this blog are the words that were spoken when I picked up the phone. To make a bad situation worse it happened on the weekend. After a series of questions it was very obvious we had to get a technician to site. There are two things our costumers hate > 1 > not having hot water on the weekend and >> 2 >> the call out fee on the weekend.
Once the cover was removed the problem was quickly identified. Unfortunately this job required spare hot water cylinder parts not available from your “average” plumbing supplier. Back the following day to replace the faulty solar hot water cylinder. Due to the size of the job the call out fee was not charged and we were able to get the solar hot water up and running the same day everyone happy again.
Its always a great thing to see the happy faces of our costumers once a job is completed successfully. This commercial grade hot water cylinder replacement was not an easy one. Replacing an old gas fired Ruud meant rearranging all the pipework to the other side of the tank. Additionally with the size being 300L, 2 guys had to be on the job.
The flue required modification and a non flammable base including ventilation was also required. Very often older installations don’t comply with current regulation requiring a bit more work to ensure energy savings and of course the safety of the residence.
After a long day the team at hot water cylinders completed the job and hot water was available before dinner time. All went well. All happy Of course after this image was taken seismic restrains were added.