HEAT PUMP HOT WATER SYSTEMS

ABOUT HEAT PUMP HOT WATER SYSTEMS

Heat pump hot water systems work similarly to that of a split system air conditioner, by taking hot air from its surroundings, and using that to heat water. They operate on electricity, but are assisted by the fan which runs the air through a refrigerant gas to help heat the water, reducing the amount of electricity required by up to 74% to produce the same amount of heat as a standard electric storage systems.

However, for some South Australian consumers this may not directly translate to financial savings. Due to their reduced electricity usage & reliance on the temperature, most manufacturers recommend to only connect a heat pump hot water system to your general use electricity tariff instead of the cheaper overnight controlled load tariff that a standard electric hot water system would be connected to. This generally means the savings are minimal if left on this tariff structure, or sometimes you will even be paying more.

There is an exception for this however, if you have already moved your property onto the time-of-use tariff. With the use of either an external timer, or the timer feature built in to units such as the iStore or Rheem heat pumps you are able to set your heat pump to primarily operate during the cheapest tariff period of the day. You can learn more about the time-of-use tariff and how to use it to your advantage here.

For a detailed explanation on how all types of heat pump hot water systems work see here: https://www.yourhome.gov.au/energy/hot-water-service

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PROS AND CONS

PROS

  • Use around a third of the electricity as a standard electric over the same time period
  • Works well in conjunction with a PV solar system
  • When used with a timer, can take advantage of the time-of-use tariff

CONS

  • Lower rebates when gas is connected
  • Not suitable for larger families
  • Lower warranty than gas, standard electric and some solar systems
  • Systems can be noisy
  • Should be installed on north facing wall
  • Not suited to SA’s standard electricity tariffs

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Heat pump solar hot water systems are an efficient technology which in some specific situations can save money and energy, however in South Australia our lack of time of use electricity tariffs in most properties, and cooler climate overnight mean that some consumers end up running the system for longer hours at a more expensive cost. Additionally, heat pump systems generally come with the lowest warranties on the market so the overall lifetime of your system is likely to be shorter.

We have found that South Australian consumers who opt for a cheaper, budget heat pump generally end up spending more on electricity and maintenance of heat pump systems than a comparable sized solar, gas or quality heat pump system, and as such generally do not recommend them for Adelaide homes. We recommend that customers on a time-of use tariff, or who have a moderate sized PV system (or both!) look into a heat pump as an option for their hot water, but to steer clear of some of the cheaper options in the market and to always check the warranty, electricity usage and online reviews on the unit before purchasing.

 

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Latest Reviews

very happy with them. Very good customer service, super quick and efficient communications .very professional installation, and they tidied up after work and left the site really neat and clean ,really impressive .
mara liu
mara liu
06:19 02 Dec 21
Very professional and pleasant to deal with, Natika was honest and knowledgeable, and the installer,s very also helpful, cleaned up after the install, very happy highly recommended
Roland Gill
Roland Gill
22:04 29 Nov 21
We recently had a Istore hot water system installed. The process was so easy with both the plumber and electrician on time and working efficiently. They applied for the government subsidy on our behalf. The whole process was so easy and was cheaper than what we had been quoted elsewhere. We’re very happy with our unit so far and I would highly recommend this company
Laurence Baillie
Laurence Baillie
05:04 26 Nov 21
RecommendedHot water.com were easy, friendly and efficient. Had a 180l istore heat pump hws installed within a week of inquiry. Old service was removed an new copper tubing installed where needed.All govenment rebates were taken into account and paperwork all sorted on their end.
Mark Schmerl
Mark Schmerl
02:10 22 Nov 21
The staff over the phone were great and do return your calls. The installation was great - they realised the pressures to my house was well above normal and add a part to reduce the pressure so I wouldn't have valve problems down the track, which I had experienced problems with on the previous system.
Joseph Dixon
Joseph Dixon
10:46 19 Nov 21
Yon Jin Kim
Yon Jin Kim
10:53 10 Nov 21
Great customer service from Natika. She was always extremely prompt and informative when answering my many questions. She provided lots of HWS solutions and was not pushy at all. When our money situation suddenly became very tight she was very understanding and helpful. The quotes hotwater.com provided were the best that we found (particularly as they could access the STC rebates and REPS rebates). Natika scheduled the job for the exact time and date that suited us. The plumbers arrived on site on time with all the right equipment and did a good job. They cleaned up after themselves properly and even replaced some cracked roof tiles near the solar HWS for me. Great job all round. Hoping for many years of hassle free hot water. Would definitely recommend hotwater.com.
John Campbell
John Campbell
04:01 09 Nov 21
Ah Ming
Ah Ming
05:47 08 Nov 21
Hotwater.com.au was very good.the tradesmen where excellent ,the quote was very good aswell. Natika on the phone was very knowledgeable about the product and a nice person aswell. i was the contact for my son to get the hotwater service installed. I will be getting my own hotwater service done when it needs replacing in the very near future.
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josef swiderski
23:57 04 Nov 21
Great service. Very professional.
Alisdair Murray
Alisdair Murray
01:09 04 Nov 21
Amazing service from my initial enquiry right through to installation of the new system! Would definitely recommend.
g thwaites
g thwaites
02:08 31 Oct 21
When the old hot water heater died I searched all the reviews and found Mark, and Narika of hotwater.com.au. Mark assessed our needs, advised and quoted. I verified their recommendations and price to find evdrything was correct and reasonable.They knew grants and concessions and completed all the paper work.The installation was smooth and his staff and contractors were excellent. I will use them again and recommend anyone needing plumbing or electrical to get their advice.
Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson
03:49 26 Oct 21
I was looking for a replacement hot water system and specifically wanted gas. From sending me the quote, organizing the mains gas connection and the gas meter installation the whole process was very easy and stress free. Thank you Nakita! To top it off, the installation of the hot water system was great! The two guys that installed it were on time, friendly and did a very neat and professional job. We now have mains pressure hot water which is Amazing!! Thank you team!!
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Adrian Brady (Dzel82)
03:46 26 Oct 21
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bi Zhang
04:25 20 Oct 21
Peter Phaup
Peter Phaup
00:23 19 Oct 21
From the start of my enquiry right through to installation the service has been of a high order. Natika was very helpful and provided additional information that was useful. Mark was helpful and provided a very competitive quote . Sam who installed the hot water service was punctual, friendly and the work done was excellent. Vaughan did a great job on the rewiring. Overall excellent and professional service, no hesitation recommending this firm.
Bernard Lewandowski
Bernard Lewandowski
04:27 12 Oct 21
Excellent service from this company. After accepting Natika's quote for a new Hot Water System Sam & Cory had the whole job finished the following day. Not to be missed, the two guys had to wrestle a very old Flush rubber along the way. Because it was an old unit that needed to be replaced, Vaun & Fraser the Eectrians had an outside power point and an inside control unit installed in no time. Keep up the great work.
Steve King
Steve King
05:33 08 Oct 21
Highly recommended! Natika is wonderful! Super friendly, extremely patient, and knowledgeable! Work was done professional (kudos to Sam, hope you’ve enjoyed the flat white!) and completed on time. No mess left behind. Price quoted was below what I was expecting for the job involved. Very satisfied customer!
KinWeng Patrick Lee
KinWeng Patrick Lee
03:56 16 Sep 21
The team made a difficult situation easy- I’m in lockdown in Melbourne my hot water unit needed to be changed in Adelaide. Great service great valueThank you
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Kylie Rowe
05:17 10 Sep 21
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barry hamilton
04:17 10 Sep 21
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Kerry Dudley
06:34 07 Sep 21
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Alexei Nilov
06:37 30 Aug 21
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David Ricketts
02:48 27 Aug 21
Great customer experience. Natika was always extremely prompt with providing answers to our various questions. The professionals they sent out were all very friendly and knowledgeable. Very happy to have worked with them.
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Jane Macdougall
04:07 24 Aug 21
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Elysa Bailey
06:51 20 Aug 21
Excellent service, extremely happy with hot water svc replacement, very neat plumbing. Fast, friendly, & very reliable, same day service which was fantastic! Plumber arrived within approx 90 minutes of ordering.. recommended highly 😁
Jayne Long
Jayne Long
03:56 18 Aug 21
I dealt with Natika when making my first enquiry. She answered all my questions promptly, no waiting for a reply either by email or sms!! Even at 6.30am in the morning!!! So easy to deal with.Russell came to quote. He was on time and clear with everything we discussed. Quotes were provided straight away, job booked in with no delay, no stress!! Thanks for making things so easy for me!!!
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Louise Hope
07:21 12 Aug 21
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Daniel Neal
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Bill Burke
07:54 05 Aug 21
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Yin Pang
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Peter McNamara
21:53 03 Aug 21
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Dale & Lisa Duivesteyn
Dale & Lisa Duivesteyn
06:50 30 Jul 21
Great people to deal with. Response time was excellent and tradesmen were friendly and knowledgeable. Hot water system replaced at time of visit no fuss and all is working well now.Highly recommended.David
David Stoddard
David Stoddard
06:40 26 Jul 21
Very happy with their services. Were helpful and friendly right from the first contact to the job execution. Last but not least we found their quote to be reasonable competitive.
Karl Van Der Horst
Karl Van Der Horst
07:42 23 Jul 21
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22:49 12 Jul 21
The quote was supplied very promptly and they took care of all the paperwork for rebates. The tradies were very pleasant and did very neat tidy job. They followed their rules and made sure the installation complied with authority requirements. All in all I am very happy with the whole job.
Kevin Kitto
Kevin Kitto
06:36 08 Jul 21
Haven't had shower yet. If it works (test tomorrow), 5 stars. Sam and his minion professional and personable. Showed me what was happening and explained why. Good work
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rick aylen
05:37 07 Jul 21
My wife and I had an instantaneous gas hot water service installed in our home today, and we were completely satisfied with the whole ordering and installation process.When we first rang to arrange the installation Natika was very helpful and accommodating in assessing and then meeting our needs.The quality of the workmanship of the plumber/installer (Russell) was excellent - he worked very efficiently and took great care to ensure a very professional result.In his dealings with myself and my wife, Russell was friendly and courteous (and very helpful in answering any questions which we asked him).The electricians involved in the installation process were also pleasant and efficient.We would have no hesitation in recommending hotwater.com.au to others.
Peter Rigley
Peter Rigley
10:47 30 Jun 21
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Debbie Kilgariff
04:11 30 Jun 21
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Wayne Hensel
Wayne Hensel
06:25 24 Jun 21
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Jonathan Frank
Jonathan Frank
00:59 22 Jun 21
Lovely experience from start to finish. The guys were great and very friendly, even calling ahead to let me know how far off they were. Natika was very helpful in the booking experience and made it very easy for my first new hot water system.Would not hesitate to use again in the future.
James Lane
James Lane
23:28 16 Jun 21
Very efficient group to have work completed. Very caring f our staff 're weather and safety
Johm Marsh
Johm Marsh
05:01 15 Jun 21
Perfect service highly recommend Hot Water. Sam was absolutely fantastic very knowledgeable and friendly.
Vanessa Smith
Vanessa Smith
04:14 07 May 21
They replaced our hot water service and did a extremely good job. Would recommend them to anyone looking for a new hot water replacement.
G & M Bell
G & M Bell
02:47 04 May 21
Great experience! They replaced our electric water heater the next day. Pricing was good and the installer was helpful and quick. Very happy, would definitely recommend.
Adrian Lopresto
Adrian Lopresto
03:52 28 Apr 21
Michelle Pilla
Michelle Pilla
07:18 23 Apr 21
From the very first conversation on the phone under trying circumstances, Natika talked me through the process of replacing my hot water service and gave me excellent information to get the best possible result with great pricing to match. Natika’s customer service was brilliant and I have no hesitation in recommending this company. Bradley the plumber turned up early to get the job done and when we had to change the initial plan he came up with a great solution which gave me a much better result. Bradley was personable and very knowledgeable about his craft. Very happy customer wth the service, price and quality of work carried out !Definitely will use these guys again.5 starts for sure!
Simon Saunders
Simon Saunders
03:36 21 Apr 21
These guys did my meter to house install, aswell as gas oven and hot water system. With 15-20meter pipe install. Great professional team. Very accommodating and good at their job, would recommend.
Drew Russell
Drew Russell
06:29 26 Feb 20
I’ve had 2 Hot water systems replaced by Mark. Natika was very quick with helpful communication on both occasions. Marks workmanship is professional and first class. Highly recommend these guys!!Tim
Tim Thornley
Tim Thornley
13:21 07 Jan 20
Thanks to the team for a great HWS installation. Bradley and Sam kept me informed all day and answered all my 'silly' questions.
Sean Downie
Sean Downie
00:19 06 Dec 19
NakitaWe are very happy with the job from my first call to you to the boys on sightGreat advice no fuss very polite – thank you tell the boss !!
Jak De Casto
Jak De Casto
07:49 19 Nov 19
This is what all Service should be measured by/against, from initial call to install took about 36 hours, unit arrived 8:45 the next morning and the installers were here at 8:50, job done everything cleaned and old unit taken away, Well done guys. Fantastic.
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Ant Meow
01:19 22 Oct 19
Excellent,friendly service. Highly recommend.
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