6 Things About Solar Hot Water That You May Not Have Known


If you’re looking for ways to make your home greener or perhaps to save money, installing a solar hot water system is a great idea. A solar hot water system uses energy from the sun to heat water, which helps you to reduce your reliance on conventional water heating systems. They can be a great choice for your home or perhaps for your business. You might be considering a solar hot water system if you’re hoping to reduce your carbon footprint or perhaps lower your bills. Before you invest in one, here are some things that you should know.


1. There are different types of solar hot water system

If you’re considering buying a solar hot water system for your home or business, you need to know what types are available. In terms of design, the two main types that you will come across are thermosiphon systems and split systems. The first type is an all-in-one design, where the tank and the collectors both sit on your roof. Split systems have just the solar collectors on the roof, while the tank is on the ground and pumps are used to circulate water through the systems.

Both types have their pros and cons. For example, a split system reduces the load on the roof, and you might think it looks better too. A thermosiphon system has no moving parts, making it durable, and is a good choice if ground space is limited.


2. Solar hot water is more affordable than you might think

People often think that installing green energy technology is expensive. However, installing a solar hot water system is actually very affordable. Within a few years, it will have paid for itself, thanks to the savings you can make. One of the benefits of installing a solar hot water system or any other eco-friendly improvement is that you can claim a rebate, which helps to make your hot water system more affordable. It’s easy to get the rebate through King Solarman – we take care of it for you, and you just need to sign the paperwork.


3. Solar water heating reduces your need for conventional heating by two thirds

Using a solar hot water system can reduce your reliance on conventional water heating by about two thirds. A study showed that homeowners saved up to 85 percent on their water heating bills by installing a solar water heating system. You could save a lot of money by benefiting from the energy provided to you by the sun instead of relying on electricity or anything else.


4. Maintaining solar water systems is low-cost

Some green energy systems can be expensive to maintain. However, solar hot water systems don’t need much maintenance at all. Maintenance costs are low, which means that you can keep your savings for yourself, instead of having to spend them on repairs and maintenance for your solar water system. When you do need any repairs or maintenance, it shouldn’t cost you a lot, especially when you use a great value service like King Solarman.


5. Solar water systems can provide hot water all year

Solar hot water systems can potentially provide you with hot water all year, even in the cooler months. The most important thing is that the system is able to benefit from the sun, not how hot it is. However, it can still struggle to provide you with enough hot water on overcast days or when it’s raining. On these days, you can boost your solar hot water system with a gas or electric system. While your solar hot water system might sometimes need some help, it can help you out for most of the year.


6. Solar water systems help your carbon footprint

If you’re looking for a way to reduce your carbon footprint, installing a solar hot water system will help you. You might not be able to completely get rid of your gas or electric hot water heating, but you can use it a lot less. Your new solar system will save you a lot of money but also help you to save the environment. You will benefit from using a renewable energy source and avoiding the use of fossil fuels, which will help to give you a future-proof way of heating hot water for your home. It’s a long-term change that you can make and then almost forget about, reducing the amount of effort you need to put in.

A solar hot water system could transform your home or business. Start saving money and the environment by installing one.

Sun Ray Qld Pty Ltd – In Liquidation – Spare Parts are Available!

Sun Ray Qld Pty Ltd has gone into liquidation as at 23 February 2018.

As their ex service agent, we carry all spare parts for Sun Ray systems – both Thermosiphon or Split Systems.

We have spare parts available and can supply and install these.

If you’re looking for elements, thermostats, valves including frost valves, just give us a call on 0416 075 682!





Need a New Shower Head? Get this Kohler Flipside Supplied and Installed for $175

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4 Spray options:Kohler Flipside Shower Head

  • Koverage – traditional, soothing spray;
  • Kotton – dense, soft relaxing spray;Kohler Shower Head - 4 Stages
  • Exhilirating, drenching spray;
  • Kurrent – targeted massage spray

Simply flip the pivoting head on its axis to change spray function.  Each spray is adjustable for different user heights and its simple and easy to use for all ages.

3 star rating at 8.5 litres per minute.


We’ll supply and install this shower head for you for only $175 including GST.  This offer is only available to customers at the time of installing, repairing or servicing your hot water system.

And trust me, this is a bargain!  This shower head has been retailing at plumbing stores for $280, and that’s supply only!



Electric Hot Water System – A New Installation – What’s Included in the Price?

Okay, so your current electric hot water system has died and it’s time for another one!  You’re hunting around for the best price but not sure if you’re comparing apples with apples or apples with oranges.

We can supply you with a new tank and/or valves or you can supply your own.  Either way, here’s what we include with our standard electric hot water system installations:

  • All plumbing including installation of new valves – tempering valve, isolation valve, cold water expansion valve, pressure limiting valve, temperature and pressure relief valve (this valve is usually supplied with the tank);
  • Tank base – concrete ripple slab, pizza base or polyslab;
  • Electrical disconnection and reconnection;
  • Pipework insulated – in accordance with the current Australian Plumbing Standards;
  • Overflow – run into stormwater drain or sewer drain or into a gravel pit in accordance with the current Australian Plumbing Standards;
  • Removal and disposal of old system;
  • Plumbing Form 4 submission;

The above standard installation assumes that you will be placing the new system in the same position as the existing system. Our plumbers hold a restricted electrical licence allowing us to disconnect and reconnect your hot water system, so no need for two trades.

If your hot water system is inside your house, there may be a requirement for a safe tray and auto shut off valve to comply with the current Australian Plumbing Standards.  The safe tray and shut off valve will be charged at an additional cost.

If you’d like your system relocated from inside your laundry to the exterior of your house for example, additional charges will apply for the extension or relocation of both the plumbing and electrical.

Solar Hot Water Thermosiphon System Falling Off Roof – Westlake

Recently we received a phone call from a lovely lady from Westlake who reported that her solar hot water tank was falling off the roof.  So after an emergency visit, this is what we arrived to!  We can see why she was a little panicked!

Systems can be ripped off the roof due to storm damage or simply from poor installation.  However, we were pleased that we were able to stop the tank and collectors from actually falling into the customers pool and causing further damage.  We swapped her damaged Conergy solar hot water system out with a Sun Ray solar hot water system.

The Sun Ray system is a stainless steel tank and comes with a 10 year warranty on tank and collectors.

It's going to fall!
It’s going to fall!
The new Sun Ray system!
The new Sun Ray system!

Heat Pumps – The Noise Factor

Noise levels are an important consideration to take into account when buying a Heat Pump.  I frequently get asked the question of how noisy are heat pumps?  Is it okay to install one outside my bedroom window?  Will it keep me awake at night?

Heat Pump noise levels are determined by dBA (decibels).  To understand how loud a heat pump is, we need to reference decibel levels.

  • 10 dBA  –  A pin dropping;
  • 30 dBA  –  Whisper;
  • 50 dBA  –  Light traffic; most commonly a refrigerator operates at this level;
  • 60 dBA  – Conversational speech; most commonly an air conditioner operates at this level.

Some common heat pumps are listed below.  According to the manufacturer their systems operate on the following dBA levels.

  • Sanden – 38 dBA
  • Hydrotherm – 48 dBA.
  • Quantum – 48 dBA
  • Steibel Eltron – 49 dBA
  • Dux Airoheat  – 51 dBA.

You’ll note that most of the heat pumps are quieter than your refrigerator!

Whilst the noise levels are relatively low, you can expect that the heat pump will run during the night.  Therefore, the best advice we can offer you is to always avoid positioning the heat pump near bedrooms or neighbours’ bedrooms.  Even the smallest of sounds can wake you at night!

By Michelle Testa, King Solar Man