Tag Archive: Gas Fitting

Gas appliance servicing

June 15, 2011 5:19 am
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A customer this week in North Balwyn was let down by their ducted heating unit. The heating unit had not been serviced for some time and was in need of some care! With the cold winter months quickly upon us, the ducted heating unit and hot water unit at the side of the home is working hard. It pays to have your gas appliances serviced on a regular basis. Not just for the safety factor but also for an efficient and reliable appliance. There’s nothing worse than a cold shower first thing in the morning or no heating of an evening.... View Article

Hot Water Temperature

May 16, 2011 7:54 am
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How hot should I have my hot water? This is a very common question asked from a customer in Doncaster. The temperature of the hot water is set by the installer and should be adjusted to suit the customers needs. The temperature within a stored hot water cylinder should be adjusted to no higher than 60C at the top of the cylinder. If it is set higher than this, the water may scald the user, and also limescale deposits may form in hard water areas. Equally, the water should not be stored  at a temperature much below this as the growth of... View Article

Winter Heating Energy Costs

April 27, 2011 3:40 am
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With winter on its way and a rise in heaters getting serviced, ready for the cold months ahead. There has been a few queries to do with energy efficiency of heating appliances and how to try and manage lower energy bills. A customer in Balwyn North was asking how to work out the efficiency of their ducted heater. The largest chunk of household energy bills goes towards keeping homes cool in summer and warm in winter. In very cold areas, heating alone could account for about 70 percent of your energy bill. Costing a gas appliance – The consumption of gas appliances is... View Article

Carbon Monoxide {CO}

April 12, 2011 11:07 am
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We were asked the other day by a customer in Camberwell about the recent advertising to do with servicing of gas appliances and the dangers of Carbon Monoxide {CO} poisoning. So we thought it was important to share some of the information involved. Within a gas appliance, the gas is regulated and passes through a fine injector in order to allow the correct proportion of gas and air to mix within the combustion chamber where the fuel is burned. The gas appliance has many safety measures to ensure that gas will not flow through the appliance until it is required and... View Article

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Hot water unit anode

April 11, 2011 5:23 am
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Newman Plumbing One of our valued Customers in North Balwyn we attended to this week was asking about the insides of there hot water unit! They had a faulty pressure temperature relief valve that was leaking water. We replaced the faulty pressure temperature relief valve and serviced the hot water unit. The hot water unit was wasting a lot of water, although the garden was very green near the hot water unit! We were talking about their hot water service and how it was a stainless steel cylinder which contained the hot water at a high temperature. I advised our customer that their unit... View Article

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Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards “WELS”

March 28, 2011 9:30 pm
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A customer in Camberwell was enquiring about the “Water Efficiency Sticker” that was attached to their new taps packaging and what it was all about. Hot water, appliances, refrigeration and heating stand out as areas ripe for change. When you buy a household appliance, look out for the water or energy star rating labels. Both these star ratings will help you save energy and reduce your carbon footprint as well. Showerheads, toilets, taps, washing machines and dishwashers come with a water efficiency rating label known as “WELS” {Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards.} This lets you compare the water flow rate or water... View Article

Hot Water Service

February 23, 2011 10:16 am
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A Customer this week in Camberwell asked what the advantages were with their new Aqua Max 390 mains pressure hot water unit. So we explained to them that the Aqua Max 390 has a patented inbuilt mixing valve giving them 390 litres in the first hour of hot water delivery. While the tank holds 155 litres, the stainless steel cylinder can store water at a much higher temperature than a vitreous enamel tank. The mixing valve {Control A} adds a controlled mix of cold water at the units hot water outlet, giving 205 litres of more hot water delivery in the... View Article

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Mains Pressure Hot Water Service

December 1, 2010 9:41 pm
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We were tending to a leaking kitchen sink mixer tap this week in North Balwyn and the customer asked what mains pressure gas hot water unit we preferred. They already had an older type vitreous enamel cylinder unit at the side of their home that wasn’t quite supplying enough hot water for the whole family in high demand. The old mains pressure gas hot water unit was certainly showing its age. It was a typical mains pressure hot water installation at the side of the home with adequate gas supply to support an installation of an Aquamax 390 The perfect fit for the family... View Article

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Faulty Tempering Mixing Valve

November 23, 2010 12:47 am
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A customer in Hawthorn this week had a problem with low temperature hot water to an upstairs bathroom and poor water supply in the shower recess. The home was only about eight years old with new plumbing throughout. After much diagnosis re checking shower roses and clearing of debris in shower filters and basin aerators, the poor water supply and low temperature was improved but still present. The home was supplied by a continuous mains pressure hot water unit with a Tempering Mixing Valve fitted to the side. After further testing this Tempering Mixing Valve was found to be faulty.... View Article

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Leaking Hot Water Service

November 18, 2010 6:16 am
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A customer in North Balwyn this week had a “valve” leaking on the side of their mains pressure hot water service. The valve on the side of the water heater is dripping water. Is the valve damaged or is there another problem? A Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve is fitted to each hot water heater. Its function is to provide both thermal and pressure relief when required. This will be in the form of discharging water from the valve. There are four types of flow which could be observed from the Temperature and Pressure Relief Valve. – Normal Operation When... View Article