Vulcan Freeloader Gas Hot Water System

Vulcan Freeloader Gas Hot Water System

Vulcan Freeloader Gas Hot Water System
3.5

35 reviews

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60% · 2111 · 31%

Smells of Gas · No
Build Quality
3.3
Value for Money
3.2
Cleaning & Maintenance
3.5
Noise Level
4.7
Temperature Consistency
4.5
Heating Speed
4.4
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35 reviews
Konrad
Konrad3 posts
  135L

Poor product. Vulcan system failed after 2.5 years

New hot water system. Failed after 2.5 years. internal fault - No hot water or any water period. Only one person uses the system so very little use. Every other system I have lived with has been 10+ years. Show details
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javier
javier
  135L

rubbish after 7 year need replace

i install a new 135 Lt hot water tank to my investment property in , melbourne 26/5/2016 , today 1/11/2023 my agent told me need to be replace , this time i go for Rheem , i friends with Rheem hot water tank never a problem last longer and easy to fix it . Show details
Perth
Perth
  135L

Under two years and the relief valves need replacing

Vulcan advised that there is only a 12 month warranty on their relief valves. I've called a couple of places for quotes and they say $300 to $400 and recommend replacing all valves at the same time because if one is going they both probably will. I shouldn't have to pay more than 1/4 of the units price in the first 2 years. The quality is not there. Show details
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quantumbalance35 posts
  170L
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Mick
MickGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  135L

28 years!

We are about to replace our Vulcan Hotshot 135L gas hot water unit. It was installed in 1994. 28 years of fantastic service. What more can I say? Show details
Jen
JenGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC2 posts
  Verified 135L

Vulcan Freeloader 135L lasted 7.5 years

Our Vulcan Freeloader 135L has only lasted 7.5 years, installed in 2014. It was good when it was working, gas bills were reasonably.
Whilst it did last longer than the warranty period of 5 year, one would have expected a new unit would have lasted much longer!
I.e. The previous gas water unit that came with the house looked dated at the time we moved in but lasted another 10 years until this replacement in 2014.
So a bit disappointed with having to replace the system again. Show details
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SamJR
SamJRSydney204 posts
  135L
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customer_first_namecSouth East Queensland, QLD8 posts
  135L

Lasted 26 years

We've had the Vulcan 135 for 26 years and it's only being replaced with another because of a small leak. We never had an issue and it's never missed a beat. Show details
Jeoffer
JeofferGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC15 posts
  Verified 170L
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cookster
cooksterPerth, WA10 posts
  Freeloader
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Aaron formosa
Aaron formosaGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  135L

Crap unit

Not happy only lasted us 6 years tank rusted through will not buy one again you would think it would of lasted 10 years minimum to be satisfied with it Show details
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GRAEME
GRAEMESouthwest, VIC
  Freeloader

Lack of quality

Lasted just on 5 years who can afford $2000 hot water system replacement every 5 years
Will be telling everyone lack of longevity with Vulcan product - lack of respect for consumers
Peter Kothstein
Peter KothsteinPerth, WA2 posts
  135L

Cheap Hot Water

As a 33 year veteran Licensed Gasfitter (GF8771) Vulcan are the cheapest storage Gas unit at the plumbing supplies store.

2 Main and key elements for trouble free running of your unit is
1) Commissioned by a person Qualified Rheem Agent's

2) Replace your sacrificial Anode after 4 Years. Recommended by Rheem after 5 Years.

3) When going on a extended period of vacancy, Turn Gas and Water OFF, Drain Storage Cylinder .

4) Run Gas control between 4 and 5, this will reduce Gas consumption as the Vulcan will have a 50 degree Temperature Limiting valve installed.

Successful Hot Water Consumption and many years of trouble free running.

Sincerely
Peter Kothstein
West Australia Gasfitter GF8771
0405025476 Show details

Davo 767
Davo 767Southwest, VIC20 posts
  135L

Never stopped working

My HWS started dripping rusty water and thought "that's it" time for a new HWS. Discovered from documents left by previous house owner that my HWS was over 18 years old and not once did it falter. Installed a new one the same as before Vulcan 135L and am delighted with it. Have had to turn the temp control down to 4 (old one previously 6-7) as the water was too hot. Great feature of "Vacation" setting where you can turn the system off and leave the pilot light on and it doesn't keep reheating whilst you are away. When you return home, the reheat time for the tank is about 45 mins. My plumber Nigel says they are the best and installs around 5-8 per week. Thank you Vulcan for a great & reliable product.

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wayne
wayneperth
  135L

Vulcan Freeloader Lasted 23 Years

Our Vulcan Freeloader 260 has finally died after serving us loyally for 23 years without a problem (july 1995). Other than regularly releasing the relief valve, no maintenance carried out during its life. Provided reliable service to family of 4 and its daily demands. Certainly cant complain about its performance and longevity of service.

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Questions & Answers

Sharon Williams
Sharon Williams · Freeloader Gas Hot Water System

My Vulcan 135L outdoor gas H/water service is continually at around 70c even when set at 4.

Sharon Williams
Sharon Williams · Freeloader Gas Hot Water System

I have Vulcan Free Loader Outdoor Gas Hot water system. What is the best setting? I have it set on 6. The water is too hot. Usage is mainly only for two people.

Sharon Williams
Sharon Williams · Freeloader Gas Hot Water System

My Vulcan 135L outdoor gas H/water service is continually at around 70c even when set at 4. It replace a large electric system when the plumber installed it a couple of years ago. there is usually only two people in the house ?

Thanks
Danny

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