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Vulcan Freeloader Gas Hot Water System

Vulcan Freeloader Gas Hot Water System

135L (648135), 170L (648170) (See All)
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3.8
30 reviews
  • Build Quality
    3.8 (6)
  • Value for Money
    3.7 (6)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    4.2 (6)
  • Noise Level
    4.7 (6)
  • Smells of GasYes (0) · No (6)
  • Temperature Consistency
    4.7 (6)
  • Heating Speed
    4.3 (6)
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Jen
JenGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  • 2 reviews

Vulcan Freeloader 135L lasted 7.5 years

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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.

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Purchased in for $1,400.

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SamJR
SamJRSydney
  • 4 reviews
  • 21 likes

Vulcan Hotshot 640135NO hot water gas heater in perfect working order for 25 years on Central Coast NSW

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customer_first_namecSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 2 reviews

Lasted 26 years

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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.

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Jeoffer
JeofferGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC
  • 13 reviews
  • 3 likes

Hope to get 21 years

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Purchased in at Darebin Gas for $1,520.

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cookster
cooksterPerth, WA
  • 5 reviews
  • 10 likes

20 years of service

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Purchased in for $700.

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Aaron formosa
Aaron formosaGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

Crap unit

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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

Purchased in for $900.

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GRAEME
GRAEMESouthwest, VIC

Lack of quality

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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

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Peter Kothstein
Peter KothsteinPerth, WA
  • 2 reviews

Cheap Hot Water

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Purchased for $820.

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Davo 767
Davo 767Southwest, VIC
  • 12 reviews
  • 6 likes

Never stopped working.

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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

Vulcan Freeloader Lasted 23 Years

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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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Robbie
RobbieGippsland, VIC
  • 27 reviews
  • 24 likes

Excellent for price

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Had this model installed in 2014 and it has been an excellent and efficient water heater. On half setting and my total 2 monthly gas bill is only around $80 to $90 to run it and my gas cooking as well. I will update the post if something goes wrong but as for the performance and efficiency I am very happy with it.

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Pat
PatLangwarrin
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 likes

Vulcan Freeloader Hot Water Service

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I recently downsized to a unit and the hot water system there kept going out and I was forever relighting the pilot. Although it was only 4 years old I decided to replace it with a Vulcan Freeloader as I have never had any problems with them in the past. I have had 18 years out of my last one with only 1 anode replacement and my hot water was always hot. In summer I always turn the temp down, I think it is senseless having water so hot that you have to use that much cold to use it, apart from using less gas and water I feel that it saves wear and tear on the unit.

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Davo
Davo
  • 2 reviews
  • 2 likes

Vulcan freeloader 170 swap with old one no pipe work required. 1 hr job . total price $1700 dollars

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Old model lasted 13 years without anode change out. Went with storage system again for extra heat up to 70 degC - continuous gas heaters cheeper to run but was told only good for 50 deg C . Not hot enough for washing greasy dishers. I hope this new model last as long as the old. As it cost twice as much i am hoping it will last twice as long. Bunbury Hot Water and Gas - bunbury WA

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Twenty One Years Old and Still Going Strong!

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sensei
sensei
  • 4 reviews
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So far so great!!

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Our Dux Sun Pro finally died.
Our plumber recommended the Vulcan. Had it for a few weeks and it's been excellent so far. it was a quick changeover for the plumber and the water has been beautifully hot and ever so reliable. Made by Rheem now but because it is badged as Vulcan at the Rheem factory it's s little less expensive.

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Questions & Answers

Rob G
Rob Gasked
Freeloader Gas Hot Water System

I have a brand new Vulcan natural gas 135lit some nights the pilot light is going out I’ve sealed all holes so no wind can’t blow it out, any ideas can I increase the pilot light gas pressure to make the flame stronger regards Rob

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Robbie
Robbieasked
Freeloader 135L (648135)

Has anyone replaced the anode on this unit. I need to know which one is the right one. I was told this would be the correct one but am unsure is it uses a blue ananode. Please help.

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Robin B.
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Freeloader Gas Hot Water System

My hot water system is leaking water on bottom of tank.the water drips on to pilot light,can't light it

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System was manufactured in 2009

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