Tag Archive: Heating

Home Heating

August 24, 2011 5:08 am
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Trying to keep warm this winter ! For a warm home it’s essential to keep your heating appliances serviced and maintained. The frequency of cleaning the heater will depend on local conditions, so regular inspection should be performed. To ensure that your heater continues to operate at peak efficiency, it should be serviced at two year intervals by a licensed gasfitter. This service of the heating unit will include all maintenance and adjustments to components such as burners, ignition system, fan assembly and heat exchanger. If a return air filter in the return air grille is fitted regular cleaning and checking... View Article

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Hot Water Heater Location

July 29, 2011 2:37 am
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Recently we were called out to a home in Surrey Hills to service an internal hot water unit that had been installed in a garage. It was to our great concern that the lawn mower and a can of fuel were stored nearby. There are lots of safety issues with hot water units that need to be recognised. Not only for the safety of the installation but also for servicing and efficient operation of the hot water unit.  The position of the hot water service installed at your home should be close to the most frequently used outlet and its position chosen with safety... View Article

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Hot Water goes Kaboom

July 8, 2011 1:45 am
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A recent article came to our attention. The story was about an exploding mains pressure hot water unit. “The hot water unit exploded on the roof of a factory in a large regional town in Victoria. The hot water unit travelled almost half a kilometre before it landed on the back porch of a house. Luckily no one was sitting there reading the morning paper at the time. Still, at 5.30am it was a pretty rude awakening for the occupants.” Apparently the thermostat failed and the hot water service kept heating up and it exploded. The pressure temperature valve must... View Article

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Leaking Hot Water Valve

July 1, 2011 10:36 am
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With the cold weather around, hot water units and ducted heating are working hard. It is important to maintain these appliances and ensure they don’t let you down. A customer in Balwyn experienced damage to their home due to a leaking pressure temperature relief valve on their mains pressure hot water unit. The hot water service was located on a blind side of their home and on the high side of the property. The valve had been leaking and discharging a lot of water over a considerable amount of time. The water was running under their home and pooling under the... View Article

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

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Noisy Pipes

May 6, 2011 4:56 am
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Noisy pipes can make living around a plumbing system very annoying. Sometimes the pipes bang, sometimes they squeak, and sometimes they chatter! Water hammer is one reason pipes play their tunes, but it is not the only reason. Not all pipe noises are the same. The type of noise you hear gives a strong indication to the type of action that will be required to solve the problem. You must listen closely to the sound being made in order to diagnose the problems properly. Water hammer is the most common cause of noisy pipes. Banging pipes are a sure sign... 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