Video of a solar hot water heater installation on the Northern Beaches

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[Video] Watch the licensed hot water plumbers at Cheapa Hot Water make light work of hoisting a hot water heater onto a roof at Mona Vale. 

The job : Upgrade from an old electric hot water tank to a new solar hot water system at Mona Vale.
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We have the right tools to make light work of a solar hot water system installation.

We recently installed a new roof top Rheem solar hot water system in a home at Mona Vale on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

The customer was running an old, inefficient electric hot water heater and was very interested in saving money by switching to solar hot water.

There was an existing gas supply to the property that was only being used to run a few household appliances. Based on the household size and location, our suggestion was to install a new Rheem solar hot water system with instantaneous gas backup. The gas backup is available for times when the water is not hot enough in the tank. This may happen if there has been excessive hot water usage in the household and the solar hasn’t had enough time, or there isn’t enough sunlight, to heat up the hot water in time for use. This is the perfect solution to ensure you never run out of hot water yet still take advantage of our abundant sunlight with the confidence of gas backup.

As the Northern Beaches’ solar hot water installation experts, we have all the equipment required to install a heavy solar hot water system on the roof of any residential property quickly and on budget.  In the video below you will see our specially designed lifting system which makes light work of hoisting a new solar hot water system onto a roof safely and quickly.  Companies without a this system would have to hire something similar – an added expense no doubt passed on to the customer.

Thinking of switching to solar hot water?

Contact us for solar hot water quotes and assistance on what system would best suit your location and household size call us on 0410 693 532 for obligation free advice.

Solar hot water is our business!  We are licensed solar system installers and repair technicians for all water heater makes and models. Contact our experience team for obligation free advice about the costs of switching to solar hot water and start reducing your energy bills (and your carbon footprint) today.

Switching to solar hot water and claiming STC rebates

The Federal Government introduced the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme to encourage individuals and small businesses to install renewable energy systems in their home or business.

Solar hot water heaters and air source heat pumps are appliances that are applicable to claim rebates under the scheme.


From 1st January 2022, the Deeming Period for the installation of solar hot water heaters and heat pumps is changing and will be reduced by 10% compared to an equivalent installation in 2021.  The Deeming Period will be reduced by one year, each year, until the scheme ends in December 2030. If you’ve been considering switching to solar hot water, it’s paramount you do so ASAP to take advantage of the STC rebates.  Contact our solar experts for advice.

Call 0410 693 532  Email us  Request a quote

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Replacing an old Solahart hot water system on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

How does solar hot water work?

Solar water heaters work by absorbing energy from the sun’s rays in the roof mounted solar collectors and transferring this to heat water stored in the tank. Ground mounted direct systems rely on an inbuilt circulator to push the water through the system, whereas roof mounted systems rely on a natural ‘thermosiphon’ effect. Water passes through the solar collector where it is heated, then moves out of the collector and into the tank. The tank gradually gets hotter until the water reaches its maximum stored temperature. Indirect systems use a special heating fluid, rather than water to absorb heat from the collectors. The heat is transferred to the water in the tank via a heat exchanger. Continue reading about how solar hot water works »

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