Can you move hot water system plumbing?

We helped this property owner move their Rheem hot water system so create space in the house to complete renovations that were about to be done.


If you move your hot water system it can help to make changes to your property's floor plan.

Nu-Trend is a very experienced, licensed Sydney plumber that can service, replace or move hot water system plumbing. Our team are also experienced at installing hot water systems for units, townhouses, houses or even commercial properties. For this project, we were asked to move a Rheem Hot Water System to help the owner with their planned house renovations that included a new floor plan layout. Nu-Trend is an experienced plumbing contractor in Sydney that can not only help with hot water system installations but also move the plumbing or services to another location as required.

You need to engage with a licensed plumber and electrician to move a hot water system safely

We have seen some property owners in Sydney attempt to move a hot water system on their own but every time it has lead to all types of issues. You might be very lucky and it only has to move a few centimetres, so the existing connections might have enough play for this to happen. 


Although, there are so many things to consider when it comes to moving an appliance that contains a high pressure water supply, electricity & water storage. Apart from the obvious water damage a burst hot water system can cause, there is a high risk of electrocution as well.



Therefore it is not wise for people to try and move these types of major household appliances themselves and these are some things to consider;

  • If the hot water system is old then the tank could potentially be fragile and if not moved correctly it could fracture & cause leaks. You might not even see it immediately, but if the joins are weakened, then over time they can slowly come apart and water begin to leak.
  • There are a number of regulations that need to be met which only a qualified plumber can ensure are met.
  • If your hot water system us under warranty you can void it by not using a qualified plumber.
  • Moving a hot water tank involves dealing with plumbing, electricity and maybe even a builder who has to engineer the flooring to handle the weight of a unit when full of water.

There are quite a few steps you have to consider when moving a hot water tank.

If you are thinking about moving your hot water system there are quite a few things to plan for before it is done. Nu-Trend has many years experience helping property owners moving hot water systems and not only do we provide affordable plumbing rates in Sydney but can even assist with minor alterations to windows, walls or doors to complete a move. 


Sometimes it can be relatively easy if the unit is only moving a small distance, the existing piping or connections might be able to be extended.For this project this is how we moved the hot water tank;

  • Disconnect the copper cold water inlet feed and hot water copper outlet to existing hot water unit.
  • An electrician disconnected the electrical feed which powers up the system.
  • We left the existing brass nipples screwed into the tank and carefully lifted it to its new position.
  • The property owner in this situation wanted to maximise the space available in their laundry so we moved the hot water tank to open the laundry room up.
  • We were able to use an outside already that already had a bricked nib area which was also under cover. This was a great spot because even though it is outdoors it is still weather proof, meaning there isn’t a lot of sunlight, it reduces the chance of rain damage and will prolong the life of the hot water system. So we prepared the location for the hot water tank will be moved to including a base that was ventilated and raised.
  • The relatively easy part of this project was extending the cold and hot copper piping 8 metres through the ceiling space to re pick up the hot water system.
  • The 3/4 copper pipe cold water inlet feeds and fills the units & the 1/2 inch copper hot water outlet feeds the house with hot water after the water has been warmed up.
  • With this hot water unit there is a provision flow and return line for a potential solar panel system if the owners ever want to convert this to a solar powered hot water unit, at the moment this is not connected as the owners didn’t want to upgrade to solar panels for now.
  • The electrical ran his power and connected this up
Depending on the scope of work we can also then help repair any holes in walls or capping old piping to ensure there is no evidence left behind of the old installation. That is the benefit of using a licensed plumber in Sydney like Nu-Trend who also have experience doing bathroom renovations.


Rick Karagiannis - Licensed Plumber & Bathroom Renovator
Rick Karagiannis - Licensed Plumber & Bathroom Renovator

Rick Karagiannis is a licensed Plumber, Building Renovator and Director of Nu-Trend, a Sydney Plumber and Bathroom Renovations contractor. Nu-Trend has been operating since 2009 as an independent sole trader in Sydney. Rick provides all types of services for small bathroom renovations, leaking tap repairs, hot water high-pressure jet blasting and more.

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