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Hot Water Systems

Tips on hot water system replacement this winter

Hot water system replacement isn’t always necessary, but if you are running out of hot water and suffering through cold showers, maybe it’s time to give it some serious consideration?

Winter is not the time you want your hot water system to fail, however it is the most common time of the year that they will fail.  Hot water systems rarely just completely stop working. In the weeks and months leading up to a complete system failure, there are usually a few signs that the hot water tank or hot water system is about to stop working. Knowing the signs to look out for could prevent you from needing to organise a really quick hot water system replacement, mainly because you don’t have the time to spend researching different systems and want your hot water back!

We outline below 3 of the signs to look out for that may mean your Hot Water System is on its way out.

1. The Colour of the Water

The water coming out of your taps should be clear. It should not appear rusty, murky or cloudy. If you turn on your hot water and see water that is unclear or discoloured, seek professional help. A Plumber will be able to determine if the discoloured water is caused by your hot water system or some other type of problem, such as rusty pipes or sewer problems.

2. The water is not as hot as it used to be

This is a very common hot water problem that you may come across. If you think your system is not heating the water properly or not heating at all:

  • Check the circuit breaker to find out if it has tripped
  • Check the hot water is running freely from the temperature &  pressure relief valve. This can be found on the side or at the top of the unit.
  • Check the temperature setting occasionally you will need to adjust your thermostat

Unfortunately, if you have checked all of the above or if you try to use hot water and nothing comes out, seek help from a professional plumber immediately.

3. Lots of Noise Coming from the Hot Water System

Hot water systems do make a certain amount of noise, but they should not be making any banging or rattling sounds. Excessive noise indicates dirt or sedimentation build up within the system.

If you notice any loud noises coming from your hot water system, seek professional help immediately.

A hot water system replacement unit should last on average 10-15 Years, however to increase the life of your hot water system and avoid these issues we recommend scheduling a hot water system maintenance check every 3-4 years.

If you have any concerns with your Hot Water System, give us a call today Mint Plumbing Services (07) 32976517.