Hot water is an essential part of our daily life. We use it for baths, showers, hand washing, cooking, laundry, dishwashing, and many others things. When our hot water system breaks down, it needs to be resolved urgently, or else, daily household and commercial operations will be disrupted.
Sometimes, a repair will fix the problem. Other times, the unit will need to be replaced entirely. So how do you know if you need a new hot water system? Here are the signs to look out for.
Water is leaking out of the hot water system
Check for water leaks on the floor around the tank. If there is water leaking out of your hot water system, it is a sign that it needs to be serviced or replaced. Leaking water adversely affects the running of the hot water system. This could also cause property damage, so water leaks should be attended to immediately
The hot water system is making unusual sounds
When your hot water system is making strange noises like hissing or rumbling sounds, it’s often a sign of the end of its life. However, it could also mean that it could be a faulty relief valve that can be replaced. But if there is a leak and it’s making lots of noise, then it’s a sign that the hot water system needs to be replaced.
What causes the noise? Over the years, sediments accumulate on the bottom of the tank due to continual heating and reheating of water. The sediments harden and become thicker and wear the water heater down. This will cause the hot water system to consume more energy due to the strain, which will damage the tank.
The water heater is producing discoloured water
If there is brown, rusty coloured water coming from your hot water system, it may be due to corrosion or rust from inside the storage tank. Water pipes and tanks are mostly made of steel and are therefore prone to corrosion and rusting. It slowly spreads and will eventually cause water leaks.
The water is not hot enough
One of the first signs you may notice is that your shower may turn cold halfway through or the water is not heating up at all. This could be due to a faulty thermostat or element, which can be replaced. It could also be from a broken heating element in the water heater, which can be repaired by a licensed plumber and gas fitter.
Inconsistent water temperature may also be a sign that you need a new hot water system. It may be because the hot water system is already old and faulty, or that the tank size is insufficient for the number of people using it. If more people are using the water heater now than in the past year or six months, the demand could likely exceed the limits of the hot water system
The age of the hot water system
Typically, annual maintenance can help prolong the life of your water heater, but most hot water systems are generally expected to last around 8 to 12 years. Refer to the manufacturer’s information for a more accurate timeframe of your hot water system’s lifespan.
If you moved into a pre-owned house that is more than a decade old and with a pre-existing hot water system, it more likely needs to be replaced already especially if you see rust on the tank or in the water. If you do not know the age of the hot water system or when it was installed, it’s best to contact a licensed plumber and gas fitter to assess the unit and offer their recommendations.
What information do you need to tell your Plumber
- Make of Hot Water System
- Model of Hot Water System
- Date of Manufacturer
- Serial Number of Hot Water System
Have your hot water system replaced by Link Plumbing and Gas Service
Link Plumbing and Gas Service specialises in the service and repairs of all types of hot water systems. Our plumbers and gas fitters are all licensed and our services comply with the standards and regulations in WA. Call us on 6252 0326 to discuss your hot water needs.