Solar hot water systems have come a long way in the last decade or so with many different designs coming and going, but current technology has led to a surge in solar hot water when combined with rapidly rising energy costs.
Most solar power systems can’t fully replace all your electrical energy needs, but solar can give you free hot water and reduce your bills simultaneously.
There are a number of different systems to choose from including roof-mounted, split systems (with tank) and heat pumps. If you intend to upgrade your current hot water system then you should talk to the experts at CDL about solar hot water options in the Newcastle or Lake Macquarie areas.
There's never been a better time to switch to solar hot water. Current systems and manufacturers are incredibly reliable and well-priced. CDL can replace your old electric or gas system with a solar system quickly and efficiently. We will also advise on what system will work best for your situation and home or business. Often we can install the solar system in the same location or roof and plumbing can be minimal usually taking a day or two to complete.
Each home is different but for new builds, you have the option to install solar hot water from the start and save a substantial amount right away. We won’t have to dismantle the old system and re-plumb it or will we have to use another space.
We fix blocked drains, toilets, backing up, overflowing pipes, overflowing yard sinks and gurgling noises from plumbing fixtures.
We work with Solar, Electric & Gas heated systems - we make system repairs, installations, replacements and offer expert general servicing.
Plumbing maintenance will ensure your plumbing continues to operate smoothly. We've got your water pressure and dripping taps sorted.
Pre slab drainage, external drainage, stormwater drainage, water rough-in, gas rough-in, down piping, fit off, and final sign off on renos.
We can safely inspect, diagnose and service all drainage, excavation, stormwater, sewer and downpipe flooding problems.
Like all hot water systems repairs and regular testing and servicing are necessary to prevent faults and prolong the life and maintain performance. Things can still go wrong or fail but CDL can repair most systems as long as parts are available. Many common faults can be fixed without parts and done on the spot too.
In Australia, due to our climate solar hot water and heating systems are an excellent solution for domestic and small business hot water needs. Modern units are reliable and more affordable and their lifespans are getting longer due to the amount of large industrial technology behind these systems. Obviously, they are very eco-friendly as well as hugely reduce your electric or gas energy bills
20 years (on average). High-quality modern solar systems have incredibly long lifespans partly because there are so few moving parts. Technology has also come a long way and they generally little maintenance too
Solar energy systems generally require very little maintenance. The collection panels will need to be kept clear of debris (like leaves and bird excrement) but if well placed this should only be periodic. like any major household system they will require occasional inspections and possibly some minor maintenance but is low compared to gas for example which has more moving parts
The disadvantages of solar hot water heaters are:
• Solar thermal panels only heat water compared to photovoltaic panels which can generate electricity
• Solar water heaters require roof space to accommodate them although sometimes other areas can be utilised
• They obviously only function with direct sunlight, however, in Australia and NSW this is not a problem for the majority of the year
• Bad weather like rain or cloud will also obviously restrict their ability to generate hot water but battery storage options can overcome this
CDL Plumbing & Drainage are expert plumbers and gas fitters servicing Newcastle & Lake Macquarie from our Gateshead HQ. We have over 15 years of experience and specialise in all domestic and commercial plumbing, able to take on large-scale drainage projects. Fully qualified (Level 4), licensed & insured with free quotes. We have 2 teams of friendly and reliable plumbers with fully equipped vans.