Rheem 130L Gas Hot Water Unit
Earlier this week, Jim’s Plumbing was called out to a household for a small family. They had recently gotten home from a holiday and their Rheem gas hot water system had not worked since their return. The customer would be home all day but we had a plumber in the area ready to go, so within the hour, the plumber was on the client’s doorstep.
The customer had said it’s a bit of an older unit and they were having some issues well before they went away, but it was still getting the job done (mostly). The plumber went to inspect the unit at the rear of the house and could see the hot water system was at least 15 years old. It had some rust, a lot of the parts were quite old inside as well. The plumber said he could try and repair the unit but was strongly recommending a replacement. Once at a certain age, more and more will start to fail with the unit. It will even cost as much as installing a new unit to repair over the little time it would have left. The client already suspected this might be the case and was happy to get a new unit installed. The 135 litre Rheem he had was very reliable but as they had another baby on the way, something slightly bigger would be more beneficial to them. The plumber recommended that a newer Rheem model in the 160 litre tank size would be more than appropriate. The plumber made a call to his local supplier who had one ready to go and got to work.
The customer had a lot of respect for the Rheem he had and chose to stay with the same branding which is not uncommon. Rheem is the market leader in hot water systems and has been for the past 50 years, so sticking with a brand name you can trust and one that has proved itself is always a smart choice.
A few hours later and the job was complete. The system was already heating water for that afternoon and the plumber cleaned the site and took the old system offsite for disposal. In the end, it was a quick and hassle free visit. The clients were without hot water for only a small time, they got a more modern and efficient system as well as a 12 month guarantee on all parts and labour. Jim’s Plumbing is always available to help, call us today on 1300 068 480
No Interest Ever!* payment plan options available on hot water heater replacements to help ease any financial stress this burden may cause. If your hot water heater is leaking, or you have no hot water, we can often have a plumber to you within the hour*.
Your Rheem Stellar 330 (130L) Gas Storage 850330N0 Expert
A Rheem Stellar gas storage system was installed in 2001 on the good word of another plumber. The system featured a 10 year warranty and had since unfortunately expired. A call was made to Jim’s Plumbing to see if anything could be done to keep the old system alive. Within 30 minutes a nearby fully qualified Jim’s plumber was hastily dispatched to the customer.
Upon arrival, the plumber assessed the hot water service only to find that due to a poor maintenance schedule and plain wear and tear, there were several problems with this old Stellar system including a failing thermocouple, gas control valve and relief valve. Relief valves for this model are recommended to be changed every 5 years to avoid a potential explosion within the cylinder. If these valves are not changed, pressure can build up inside the system due to water being heated and causing expansion within the tank, and without a vent, will explode with up 1000kpa of pressure, and can cause extremely dangerous situations or in some cases even death.
Due to the amount and severity of the faults found with the Rheem system, the decision to replace the entire system with a new one was made. This was due to the fact that it was not economical to repair the existing system. The plumber gave the customer a no obligation quote to supply and install a new Rheem Stellar as per the customer’s request, as they had been impressed with the lifespan, performance and reliability of the old system even after only ever having been serviced once in its entire life.
The customer was happy with the quoted price to supply and install the latest model equivalent Rheem Stellar 160 litre storage system was fitted. Due to the increase in capacity and for that fact the 330 (130L) model had been discontinued, a larger grade gas supply was required. The plumber was able to upgrade the gas service to suit the new system, this was included in the overall price along with removal and disposal of the old tank, all new high performance valves and lagging and a 1 year warranty on all workmanship and parts supplied by Jim’s.
The customer opted to use our interest free terms for payment** to avoid the upfront cost of a large household upgrade. This gave them the time to budget their payments in convenient installments.
No Interest Ever!** payment plan options available on hot water heater replacements to help ease any financial stress this burden may cause. If your hot water heater is leaking, or you have no hot water, we can often have a plumber to you within the hour*.