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02-05-2014, 10:58 AM
With the current Homedec fair going on in KLCC,

Went there and saw quite a number of Solar Water heaters going from RM3.8k to over 5k.

My question with the current increase (and future increase) in electrical tariff, would it be a good move to install one?

In the past I had one but then it was finally removed some 10 years ago. I was quoted a very exorbitant maintenance/repair fees when it stop being efficient. But that's another story.

So back to my question, it is worth to invest in one now? Some are really nice as they use heat pumps. There is no gel or liquid in the heat absorbing elements. Also the claims of over 2 days of heat storage, 2 hrs of sunlight is sufficient and etc.


02-05-2014, 12:50 PM
As far as I recall or my personal observation, solar water heaters aren't popular otherwise most people would have installed it already or you can see it on every next house in your area but its not to be. Solar Heaters came about here in the early 80's. I remember a few companies (now defunct or gone) who were in this market. I guess it boils down to cost which is not cheap compared to the common instant heater costing a fraction of the SH installation.

jan tomaswaki
02-05-2014, 01:04 PM
I also want to install one for my new house but did not as they have alot of hidden cost and suspious piping installer.For piping upstairs is RM800 per room and downstairs is RM1200 also per room .I think you need at least RM9000 to install one.

02-05-2014, 01:17 PM
A lot of piping work to reroute to your bath or wherever you want it can be complex and to ensure proper water pressure is maintained. So if the contractor "simply do" or slip shoddy...you kena kau kau and regret thereafter. Then people here did say about rising cost in plumbing...need I say more? Its all possibly easier if you start from scratch when building a new home and your architect can incorporate the design part of M & E facilities.
Any hotels using solar heating?..I'm sure it may save a bundle in energy bills, but I don't think that's happening here in Malaysia. Our weather is also rainy...not something good for solar water heaters.
If not mistaken, if manufacturer claim can store hot water for 2 days, I'm guessing its incorporated with some mild water heater element to maintain the heat...and THAT run on electricity, not batteries..

jan tomaswaki
02-05-2014, 01:23 PM
There,s a new local brand call Seers,which they claim the present solar system can get you electrocuted but not theirs.You should check them out.!

02-05-2014, 01:23 PM
Wah! so expensive ah??
...whats wrong with piped showering or manual bodywashing-ala-splashing water from countless scoops, with normal temperature water? Or even at night temperature? :confused: Any verification to grandmother's tales about 'old leow get rheumatism' is it?

Any1 ever bathed at 6am or 7pm in a fast stream deep in KKB jungles? Try it...the cold water is guaranteed to make you very much alive!:heheheh:

Yang Bermandi ais TIUxlatotupai:p

02-05-2014, 02:01 PM
Wah! so expensive ah??

Presumably exactly thats the 1st question in 90% prospective shoppers for this.

02-05-2014, 02:14 PM
Companies in Boleh is charging far too much for simple jobs

02-05-2014, 03:35 PM
Currently, there is already a central boiler system installed in replacement of that old Solar heater. So it's not a big problem in the piping.

The central boiler (Aston) is already 10 years old. With the traffic electric tarrif soaring, I was just toying the idea of changing it.