Everything You Need To Know About Continuous Flow Gas Hot Water Systems
Our Plumbers can repair or replace continuous flow gas hot water systems
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When we use the term continuous flow hot water system, we’re talking about the way in which the hot water is delivered. Continuous flow means that the hot water heater switches on when the hot tap is turned, and then switches off again once the tap is turned off. Continuous flow hot water systems are also known sometimes by the term instantaneous hot water systems. These types of hot water boilers are generally very efficient and economical, depending on the fuel source and the particular model, since there’s minimal energy wastage. However, there may be some water wastage, since the heater may take a few seconds to get up to temperature, during which time the water coming out of the faucet is cold.
Some of the continuous flow gas systems that Metropolitan Plumbing install and service include:
- Rheem Gas Continuous Flow
- Dux Gas Continuous Flow
- Rinnai Gas Continuous Flow
- Bosch Gas Continuous Flow
- Chromagen Gas Continuous Flow
How does a continuous flow gas hot water system actually work, then?
Essentially consisting of only a burner, the instantaneous hot water system works by pumping through the heat exchanger before being sent directly to the tap. When a hot tap is turned on, the continuous flow hot water system also switches on. Water is then diverted through the heat exchanger, which transfers heat from the burner onto the water, and the water is then delivered to the faucet. As soon as the hot tap is turned off, the burner also switches of and water is no longer pumped through the unit. Since water is slowed down during the heating process in a continuous flow hot water heater, it doesn’t come out at mains pressure. This means that multiple open taps will result in decreased water temperature and amount.
Continuous flow hot water systems are only available in gas and electric models, so there isn’t a lot of choice as there is with a storage hot water system. However, depending on the fuel source and the model you’re able to choose, it could very well be cheaper to run and more energy and water efficient than a storage appliance. Gas is usually the better choice, but many manufacturers are producing high-efficiency electric models now as well, so you don’t need to already be connected to Natural gas to benefit from a continuous flow hot water system. There will be a delay between turning the hot tap on and getting hot water, since the burner needs time to get up to temperature, and it is possible to use more water than with a storage model.
Metropolitan Plumbing is the first port of call for all your problematic continuous flow hot water systems. Contact us as soon as you realise there’s something wrong with your continuous flow hot water system, and we’ll dispatch one of our fully qualified hot water systems experts out to your building straight away. We know how frustrating and unpleasant it is having no hot water, so we’ve ensured that all our hot water systems professionals are experienced, skilled and equipped to deal with every situation you could possibly find yourself in, regardless of what brand or model your continuous flow hot water heater is.
Malfunctioning continuous flow hot water systems can be a real nuisance, so you don’t want to be paying for work that does nothing, or even makes the situation worse. That’s why it’s essential you have a professional from Metropolitan Plumbing repair or replace your appliance. All our hot water boiler specialists have undergone the most extensive training possible, so they’re able to diagnose precisely what’s wrong with your continuous flow hot water system and then carry out any repair or replacement to fix it. We have all the tools and spare parts we need in our vans at all times, and we’ll source and install replacement units for you. When you book with Metropolitan Plumbing, you can rest assured you’re getting the very best service available.