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Solar Hot Water System Repairs, Replace or Install

Rain, hail or shine, Metropolitan Plumbing is available for all solar hot water work across Australia.

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Why Use Solar Hot Water?

Solar hot water systems are the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly hot water system around, using renewable energy to quickly heat your home’s water.

It’s the perfect option for anyone interested in lowering their carbon emissions and yearly energy bill expenses.

Whether you currently have a solar hot water unit which needs to be serviced or repaired or are looking at installing a brand new solar system, Metropolitan can help you out.

Our local plumbers have more than 25 years’ experience in plumbing and solar hot water and can take care of all your needs.

It could be emergency work or a routine yearly service. Whatever the job, you will benefit from our upfront fixed prices. There’ll be no surprises surrounding your hot water.

Now’s the time to keep your solar hot water in check. Metropolitan Plumbing is ready and raring to go, so just give us a call and we’ll have a solar expert at your home within the hour*.

How Does Solar Work?

Solar hot water systems work by collecting rays from the sun using a set of solar panels, which then convert the rays into heat energy. As water pumps around the system, either from a tank mounted on the roof in an integrated system or a tank set on the ground in a split system, this heat energy is transferred into the water.

The water is constantly circulating through the heat exchanger and tank, keeping it at a regular temperature, but since the energy comes from the sun, it costs you very little.

In winter, less sunlight will impact the efficiency of your solar unit, however, there are simple solutions – gas boosted or electric boosted solar.

Boosters act as a backup to your hot water system when there’s just not enough sunlight energy to absorb. The boosters will kick in when you need hot water, promptly heating the water. The charges with a gas booster will remain fairly low, meaning you’re not putting extra expenses into winter heating.

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Solar Hot Water Repairs, Replacement and Installation

Solar hot water systems have low running costs but when it comes to serious work you don’t want to be spending too much. That’s where a regular service can help you manage efficiency and your expenses.

A well maintained hot water system should last at least one decade – and there’s even been reports of solar systems going on 20 years. To get the best out of yours, you want the best solar experts on the job.

Metropolitan Plumbing will provide local technicians who have undergone the latest training in solar technology. We combine a love of hot water systems and solar insight to give you premiere service.

Not only that, but we always work towards long term solutions. With access to the most popular brands we have quick access to replacement parts and the best tools.  This is the perfect solution to common problems such as panels splitting in winter due to the extreme cold. We’ll have replacement panels installed promptly.

And when it comes to installation, we can walk through the selection journey with you to choose the right solar hot water unit for your home. You don’t need to worry about making the wrong decision.

For a supportive solar service, call Metropolitan Plumbing.

Interest Free Solar Hot Water

If you need a new solar water heater, either because an old system is beyond repair or you want to change over to solar power, Metropolitan Plumbing can help.

You can even take advantage of our $0 deposit, interest free payment plans**. The plans are the perfect way to balance our work with your budget.

We offer simple weekly or fortnightly repayment options in easy to manage instalments. You remain in control at all times and don’t have to worry about upfront costs.

Metropolitan customers can even ask the plumber on site for more information, and within minutes they could have you signed up! It’s a great way to ensure your solar hot water work goes ahead without any delay.

Speaking of delay, what are you waiting for? Give us a call for more information – or to organise a visit from a local plumber!

FAQ - Everything You Want to Know About Solar Hot Water Systems

Solar hot water systems are more complicated than you'd think. Here's what you need to know.

Hot water storage tanks typically range from 125-400L so you can find the optimum sized tank for your home. An average Australian four-person household will typically require two collector panels and a 300-360L storage tank to ensure adequate hot water. That equates to approximately 75L per person. When deciding what size solar hot water system your family needs, there are a few things to consider:
  • How many people live in your home
  • Approximately how much water does your home use
  • What time do you use your hot water
  • Do you all use hot water at the same time of day
  • Is there a high demand for overlapping hot water use
The size of your tank is important so you don’t waste money heating water you don’t need, and so you don’t run out of hot water halfway through your shower. If your home adopts water saving measures, your hot water storage tank could potentially be halved in size. Metropolitan plumbers can give you advice on the best sized solar hot water system for your home and family.
Solar hot water heaters have a lot of variations to consider. Finding the right combination of these is a good way to find the best solar hot water system for your home. Thermosiphon systems have the collector panels and water storage tank fixed to the roof. Pumped, or split systems have the collector panels on the roof which heat the water and pump it down to a storage tank on the ground. Depending on whether or not you can have collector panels placed in an ideal location, you may need a larger collector area. These collectors can be either flat panels or the more efficient, but pricier evacuated tubes. For days when the sun isn’t out, you will need to consider a larger storage tank, or look to gas heaters or electric boosters.
A well maintained solar hot water system can last for more than 10 years, and some even will even continue to perform after more than 20 years. To get the most out of your solar hot water system, it is important you have it regularly serviced. Not only will this extend the life of your solar water heater, but it will also ensure it runs efficiently, saving you money in the long run. After 10 years or so, your solar hot water system may need some parts replaced. Replacing these parts is an excellent long-term solution to prolong the life of your water heater as opposed to trying to repair them, only for them to fail again in the near future.
Most solar panels have 1 or 2 anti-frost valves installed on the panels. This is designed to protect the solar panel from frost or excessively cold temperatures. However, if this valve fails or has not yet been installed this will then, unfortunately, result in the replacement of the panels. In frost regions, most manufacturers have panels that are different from the standard and often have a liquid called glycol which moves between the tank and the panels to prevent frost damage. This differs from conventional solar panels which are just a standard panel that only uses water to pass through the tank and panels.
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What Our Happy Customers Have to Say

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Metropolitan Plumbing are proud winners of 2021 and 2020 Product Review awards in the plumbing category. These awards highlight our dedication to outstanding customer service. Product Review provides a platform for real-life experiences. Check out some of our customers' reviews below:
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Trent was brilliant, arrived on time and did a great job replacing our kitchen mixer tap on a Saturday evening after our existing tap fell apart. Hoping we don’t need emergency services again, but would definitely use them again!

Marc - VIC
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Metropolitan arrived at my door quickly and promptly. Joel diagnosed a gas leak coming from the fittings to my freestanding cooktop and sorted the issue fast. He had my gas back up and running again in no time.

Adrian - WA
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Metropolitan was the first to respond to me as I had a leaking shower. They were quick to send out a plumber within the hour. Jake phoned before arriving and he gave plenty of options. The service was quick and easy.

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