Does The Temperature Of Your Hot Water Meet The Australian Standard Of 50 Degrees Celsius?

Hot water is an essential part of our daily lives, whether it’s for taking a shower, washing dishes, or doing laundry. However, hot water can also pose a serious safety hazard if it’s too hot. In Australia, the recommended maximum temperature for hot water is now 50 degrees Celsius, in order to prevent burns and scalds. To achieve this safe temperature, tempering valves are used.

Tempering valves, also known as thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs), are devices that regulate the temperature of hot water to ensure that it is safe for use. These valves work by mixing hot water with cold water to achieve the desired temperature.

Australian Standard Requirements for Tempering Valves

In Australia, tempering valves are required by law to be installed in all new and renovated residential and commercial buildings. This requirement was introduced in 2013 in response to a number of high-profile cases of scalding, particularly in childcare centres and aged care facilities. The Australian Standard AS/NZS 3500.4:2018 specifies the requirements for the installation of TMVs in these settings.

The installation of a tempering valve is a relatively simple process, but it should only be carried out by a licensed plumber. The valve is typically installed near the hot water source, such as the water heater or boiler. The hot water supply is then directed through the valve, where it is mixed with cold water to achieve the desired temperature.

Tempering Valves Benefits & Advantages

One of the main benefits of tempering valves is that they help to prevent scalding, particularly in vulnerable populations such as young children and the elderly. Scalding can cause serious burns, which can lead to hospitalisation and long-term scarring. By regulating the temperature of hot water, tempering valves can help to prevent these injuries from occurring.

In addition to preventing scalding, tempering valves can also help to reduce energy consumption and prolong the life of hot water systems. By reducing the temperature of hot water, less energy is required to heat it, which can help to lower energy bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, by reducing the temperature of hot water, the lifespan of hot water systems can be extended, as high temperatures can cause damage to pipes, fittings, and other components.

Tempering valves are an important safety feature that should be installed in all new and renovated residential and commercial buildings in Australia. If you are unsure whether your property has a tempering valve installed, or if you are experiencing issues with the temperature of your hot water, it’s important to contact a licensed plumber who can provide expert advice and assistance.

Hot Water System Australian Standards Installation

At Fantastic Plumbing, our professional team of plumbers can install a tempering valve to ensure your hot water is in line with the latest Australian standards. Located in Byron Bay, we service Tweed Heads to Ballina and surrounding areas. Get in touch at 0480 021 120 now to ensure you are protecting your family from scalds and burns.

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