20 years of service
Unit manufactured 2001 , It's now 2021 .
Never replaced the anode but did have to replace the pressure relief valve once which is external to the unit .
Failed after gas burner started leaking gas everywhere . Lost a bit of hair when I attempted to relight it as the pilot light was on but the gas was not igniting until it did .
Probably not a great way to fail but after 20 years meh ..
I will be replacing it with another . Hopefully the new 135L model has a better failure mode .
Edit : I bought a new one and have to say they don't make them l...ike they used to . The old one had a lot more metal to it . The insulation was inside it's own metal skin within the unit . The new one is just insulation wrapped around the tank . Looks like they have cut a few corners reducing the cost of manufacture . We shall see .
Purchased in April 2001 for $700.00.
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 April 2014 for $900.00.
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
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
Purchased for $820.00.
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.
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.
- Freeloader 135L (648135)
Excellent for price
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.
Vulcan Freeloader Hot Water Service
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.
Vulcan freeloader 170 swap with old one no pipe work required. 1 hr job . total price $1700 dollars
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
Twenty One Years Old and Still Going Strong!
Vulcan Freeloader Model 260 Gas Mains Pressure Outdoor Model Storage HWS: Manufacture Date 12/12/1996; So far have changed the Magnesium Anode regularly (three) at regular intervals of 6 or 7 years. No problems with the Gas Burner or Pilot Light. No problems with the Thermostat; No problems with the Pressure Relief Valves (Hot & Cold) or Yorkshire Fitting. (I'm a technical man and release the Relief Valves periodically to Gush-out the muck).
***Slight problem with the Non-Return Valve at Cold water Inlet (***verdigree ceased and could not shut...
So far so great!!
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.
Vulcan Tough? Not mine!
The Vulcan website blurb states that Vulcan is "tough and built with the best".
Well, not the one I have!
After only 2 1/2 years the pilot light went out and would not re-light. Called the plumber who installed it and it was a failed thermocouple. Very poor quality to fail after such a short time - and of course warranty on parts is only 12 months. From other reviews this seems a common problem. Our old hot water service lasted over 12 years. I wouldn't buy Vulcan again.
Poor Vulcan Quality
I've had the product 2 years. Recently had the issue where the pilot light would not stay alight. Had to call Vulcan maintenance who installed a new thermocouple.
Website proudly displays "5 year warranty" but surprise....this only covers the cylinder.
Repair cost me $170. This is poor after just 2 years of use.
The maintenance guy said this was "very unusual" but reviews on this website indicate otherwise.
Vulcan vs Vulcan Rheem
Our 2000 Vulcan 135 Freeloader has worked brilliantly. Now showing signs we need to have it replaced. Suggested to us were Rheem Stellar and Rheem Aquamax but I was unimpressed with reviews. Thought I should stick with what has worked well for us, namely Vulcan. Discovered that Vulcan has been bought out by Rheem. Interestingly, the reviews of Vulcan Freeloader have been excellent (as is my experience too), but only for people who have had them many, many years (as have I). I notice that the more recently-purchased reviews, presumably since having been bought out by Rheem, are not consistently positive. Could this be a coincidence?
Goodbye, farewell ...
After 20 grateful years, our Vulcan Freeloader 260 has finally given up the ghost. No pilot light that would or could be relit. The only issue a gas line one 2 years ago. I hope we have as much luck with the new one. Reviews sound rather debatable since Vulcan were bought out by Rheem...
Had this piece of garbage for two years
Started having problems only days after the 1 year warranty that they give you on this poor excuse for a Hot Water System
Pilot light constantly going out and is rusting
Our gas fitter could not believe the state that the internal parts were in considering its age
He said that he replaces the Vulcans quite often different brand systems
We are fed up with this piece of trash and we are having it replaced with a Rinnai continuous Gas hit water system
It's made in Japan and comes with a 3 year/12 year ...
Vulcan gas hot water failed after only 3 years
The pilot light won't stay on plus Rheen can't respond for 4 days to fix it and want to charge $132 just to attend. This is a quality issue with the pilot light on newer Vulcan systems. Also I wonder if anyone working at Rheem would like to go without hot water for 4 days (tell my 4 daughters)! Totally unacceptable!!!!
Poor quality, pathetic service
As an update to my previous review. Had the pilot light serviced and now it is no longer blowing out daily. Still going strong!!! I love it!!!
13 months installed and now broken out of warranty
We have been in our brand new house for 13 months and now our Vulcan 135l water system is broken, I called the Vulcan Rheem service warranty line and spoke to a lady to find out I have to pay $132 just for them to come out! As it only has a 1 year warranty, Then I have to fork out for parts!!!!! I explained what the problem was (pilot light switching off every day) to the lady and asked what she might think is wrong with it, she was very unhelpful and just wanted to hang up, I work for a leading retail company and I will definitely NOT be recommending this product to anyone!!!!
Bad warranty service, broken in 13 months
It is now 16.5 yrs old and had a 10 yr warranty. Still going strong but looking to replace as it must be nearly time to retire.
It always worked and we never had a problem
nothing to dislike
Questions & Answers
I have a 25 year old Vulcan Freeloader. It is continuously (almost running) dripping water from condensation pipe at bottom side of unit. No sign of water in bottom of unit though. Any help appreciated. Note: Have opened & closed PRV on top of unit and water flows ok. No water observed dripping from this pipe.
Water is too hot on my Vulcan 648135NO System...Is there a regulator to turn heat down?
My Vulcan Freeloader 300 (never been a problem) is dripping from the bottom of the Pressure Limiting Valve. Can I fix it or is a professional needed?
I replaced mine after it became blocked , I do a relief check every 6 months .
Took a photo of it and got another from a plumbing store . A crescent and some thread tape is all you will need .
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