LOW PRESSURE HOT WATER – THE GOLDEN DAYS

Once upon a time, many years ago, people decided that a hot water cylinder would be a good idea. No more having to full a copper bath and heating it with a coal fire, so the family could have the weekly wash. So, the first low pressure hot water cylinder was made. It was a great idea, and still is available today. Of course only as an entry level hot water cylinder.

However there are also many more options to heat water, giving you high pressure as well. You can now get rid of your low pressure hot water cylinder and get something a bit more modern. There is always constant development to meet the ever changing wants and desires of people. I say that because a low pressure hot water cylinder will meet your needs. But a low pressure hot water cylinder in most cases wont meet your wants and desires.

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THE OLD 135L LOW PRESSURE HOT WATER CYLINDER – STILL COMMON IN RENTAL PROPERTIES

We still change and replace many old low pressure hot water cylinders with the same thing, but getting less. A lot of landlords, or rental property owners tend to put back the same thing. It costs generally at least $1000 + extra to upgrade to a high pressure system. Great for the home owner, but the landlord will be watching his pennies. $1000 takes lots of weeks of rent to recover and most tenants wont pay more, just because they upgrade you to a mains pressure hot water cylinder.

A low pressure hot water cylinder on basic old taps works fine, is reliable, and will meet the needs of most tenants. You can get a replacement low pressure cylinder these days including new valves for a small cost really.

Most of the sizes are still much the same also, so they fit pretty much back into the same location without much hassle. All these things contribute to why they make sense for most rental property owners to buy.

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LOW PRESSURE HOT WATER CYLINDERS – NOT GOOD WITH MODERN TAPWARE

Of course if you have bought a new house, want new bathrooms, want high pressure hot water to run your fancy taps. You are going to need to upgrade at least to mains pressure hot water.

You have options of gas hot water, electric, solar, or heat pump.

All have there place. All have pros and cons.

For a more in-depth article on choosing the right hot water cylinder [CLICK HERE]

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OTHER OPTIONS FOR HOT WATER CYLINDERS AND GAS HOT WATER HEATERS

Or if you would prefer to speak to our office team and discuss what you have, what you need, we can help. Or understanding what you are trying to achieve, and the reason for needing a new low pressure hot water cylinder, or an upgrade, we can help you with all the tricky questions.

CALL OUR FRIENDLY TEAM ON 0800 PLUMBER | 0800 758 623
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6 thoughts on “Low Pressure Hot Water Cylinder Replacements and Options

  1. A Griffiths says:

    We live rurally with bore water supply. Presently renovating & looking to install new water heating system kind on the planet & the pocket. What is recommended at this time in NZ?

    • Regan says:

      Please call the office – 0800 PLUMBER | 0800 758 623
      We can discuss with you.
      Often the vitreous enamel cylinders are better for bore water, however if you want to take advantage of energy saving options you may wish to look at the new EcoPlus heat pump hot water system.

  2. Chris Sands says:

    My low pressure HWC is leaking. Am I able to just get a new mains pressure cylinder and have that plumbed straight in with out upgrading anything else? I know my sink and shower valves have adjusters on their cold inlet to make them function better with the low pressure.
    Thanks.

    • Regan says:

      Hi Chris, Yes you can upgrade very easily.
      If your mixers are adjustable they should be fine. Its normally only the shower mixers which give trouble anyway.
      Just call us back and we can book in a replacement for you.
      Thanks Regan

  3. Xiaorong Luo says:

    I got a low pressure hot water cylinder. the water flow is very small. what can be done to solve this problem? how much?

    • Regan says:

      Good morning.
      Thanks for asking about low pressure hot water issues. This is an issue for a lot of people.
      There is 2 fixes really. Firstly you can valve vent your cylinder / hot water system and this will increase the pressure a little, and is commonly done as its cheap, but potentially will reduce the life of your hot water cylinder. Estimated cost is relatively good though – Approx $550 – $600. Or you can do a permanent fix and replace your old low pressure hot water cylinder with a new mains pressure hot water cylinder. $2687 inc GST. More costly, but guaranteed to be amazing.
      Even better – upgrade to gas hot water – endless, high pressure hot water, heated more efficiently, $2987 inc GST.
      The more you pay, the better the option, and results.
      I hope this helps you.
      Thanks Regan

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