Waking up to a cold shower is never fun. Your hot water system is one of the most important appliances in the home/ business that you need to maintain and ensure it is in proper working order.
Often, hot water systems can become damaged, unsafe and inefficient without notice. This can happen in your home or business. Maintaining your hot water heater is good practice.
Understanding your water heater can be tricky. There are 5 important signs to look out for to help determine if your domestic or commercial hot water service needs servicing, replacing or upgrading.
1. It’s Old
Can you remember the last time you serviced or replaced your hot water system? Most hot water systems have a healthy life span of over 10 years. If your system is approaching this age or has already passed this then you may want to consider servicing, replacing or upgrading to a new one.
Once your hot water system reaches 8-10 years, the efficiency of the water heater will begin to decline as internal parts break down. Sludge and silt that break down will flow into your shower, bath, basin, sink and all appliances.
It is important to be constantly monitoring your hot water system visually and by sound as ageing occurs.
2. It’s Leaking
If your hot water system is leaking, it is a clear and urgent sign that it needs to be serviced or replaced. Leaking water can heavily affect the system, as well as the area around it which can become soaked and damaged.
Leaks in hot water systems often originate from the inlet or outlet connections, at the pressure relief valve or from the tank itself. Unrepaired leaks can cause mildew or mould to grow which has the potential to cause health problems.
Commercial water heaters are usually out of site but should also be monitored regularly for leaks as they can pose risks to customers and the business itself.
3. It’s Unpredictable or Not Working at All
If you are experiencing issues with your hot water system such as no hot water, hot water running out too quickly or taking too long to restore, then you need to consider servicing, replacing or upgrading your system.
Planning the change of your domestic or commercial hot water systems allows time to research the best replacement option. Emergency replacement often result in a quick decision as opposed to an informed decision.
4. It’s Noisy/Making Strange Noises
If you notice strange noises emanating from your hot water system, it may be alerting you to a serious problem that needs immediate attention. While the system will typically generate sounds as the water heats, strange noises such as hissing, popping, banging and cracking should be cautiously monitored and attended to as quickly as possible by Hot Water Professionals or a qualified plumber.
Noise problems are generally caused by the tank’s heating element when it encounters a build-up of sediment from natural minerals in the water that accumulate over a period of time. The strange noises you can hear are generally caused by steam bubbles escaping from beneath the sediment, making the popping, banging or cracking sounds.
Burst tanks usually make a hissing sound.
5. It’s Producing Discoloured Water
If brown, red or rusty coloured water is coming from your hot water system, it will be due to corrosion and/or rust inside the storage tank. Corrosion in your hot water system will occur over time. Rusted water is harmful to your health. Replace your hot water system as soon as you are aware of this problem.
At Hot Water Professionals, we can assist you by providing advice on repairing or replacing your hot water system Call us now on 1800 610 510.