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Is this heater gas or electric?

Discussion in 'Repairs & Maintenance' started by Allgood, 14th Aug, 2015.

  1. Allgood

    Allgood Well-Known Member

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    Hi guys and gals... now that I know how to attach a picture.... Thanks Mr Shovel! :D

    The heater in one of our IPs has packed it in. As you can see from the pic its one of the old wall mounted furnace types. Can anyone tell me if they reckon it's gas or electric? My PM thinks it's gas but she's worse than useless!

    Yes, I can see the power lead, but thought it might be for a fan. Im thinking of replacing it with a freestanding gas heater for around $1200, instead of a split system which will apparently cost a little more for a similar size, plus >$600 for installation.
     

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  2. Lil Skater

    Lil Skater Well-Known Member Business Member

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    Gas.

    Really effective heaters too. Installing a split system may cost more, but it'll add more value.
     
  3. The Y-man

    The Y-man Moderator Staff Member

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    Gas wall furnace - looks like a Vulcan - the plug is for the fan. 3 settings for the fan inside the lower lid.

    The Y-man
     
  4. willair

    willair Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Your PM is right,but just make sure the person who installs or uninstalls this unit is lic,there is no in-betweens with gas..imho..
     
  5. Be Developer

    Be Developer Property Developer Business Member

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    Gas..

    if you don't want nasty surprise of replacement or repairs, you can omit gas heater from your tenancy agreement with special condition,
     
  6. Allgood

    Allgood Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. So it would be connected permanently to the gas pipes or would it be via a gas ****?
     
  7. Top cat

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    I would go split system so you have the option to heat or cool
     
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  8. Raydar

    Raydar Well-Known Member

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    Generally would require a gas outlet, I don't think you can 'permanently connect to pipes' as you put it. From the photo, looks like there isn't a gas outlet there. Adding one will require a plumber licensed to do the work. Once you add that cost to the heater, $$$ wise it might be comparable to a split system. Also think about whether you leave the old unit or remove it. You will have some sort of repair bill fixing the hole left by the unit, more if the IP is brick veneer.
     
  9. dabbler

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    It is Gas with Electric fan.

    It will have a shut of valve likely just inside the wall cavity cut out. When you open the grill, look closely around the rear wall area.
     
  10. WattleIdo

    WattleIdo renovating Premium Member

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    Looks like a typical Vic gas heater.
     
  11. bob shovel

    bob shovel Well-Known Member

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    there would be a valve so you can do it yourself... oh i mean get an "expert" to do it ;);)

    how many times has it been painted around? just leave it on the wall and put in a split system, any excuse to get out of painting!!:cool:
     
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  12. datto

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    I was going to say turn it on for half an hour and then try the match test but luckily people have already answered your query.

    Looks nice though.
     
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  13. S.T

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    Gas, some of those heaters are mounted into the wall, so may need plasterboard fix when removed. Get a licensed gas plumber to decommission it. If you don't go down the split system route and just want to replace heater, the small rinnai 309 or bigger 559 heaters are great.
     
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  14. Allgood

    Allgood Well-Known Member

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