When it comes to hot water systems, it’s better to address any problems sooner rather than later, in order to avoid sudden failure of the water heater when you need it the most. Here are 3 key signs that your hot water system requires repair or needs to be replaced altogether.
The water isn’t hot enough
One of the most annoying hot water problems you can have in the home is the water going cold halfway through a shower, or simply failing to heat up enough from the get go. This may not be due to a problem with the hot water system. If you check your other plumbing fixtures and find that it is only the shower head that fails to produce enough hot water or goes cold half-way through, it is unlikely that the issue is the hot water system. On the other hand, if you discover that this issue exists throughout the house then it is likely to be the result of a water heater issue. You should the temperature control on your hot water unit to see if the setting needs to be adjusted. If that is fine, it could be a case of a blown fuse or simply that the pilot light has blown out (in the case of a gas hot water unit). It the pilot light has gone out this can be easily fixed by following the manufacturer’s instructions to relight it. If none of these things are causing the problem, there could be a more complex issue and it is best to contact a professional plumber who can diagnose the problem and recommend the best solution.
The hot water system is old
Most hot water systems are expected to last around 8 – 12 years. You can check the correct time frame if you have access to the original manufacturer’s information. If your hot water system is around 15-20 years old and has started making a lot of noise and not providing hot water consistently there is a good chance the heater has reached the end of its lifespan. If you are not sure when your hot water system was originally installed it is probably a good idea to arrange for a professional plumber to come and inspect your unit.
The water is muddy or has sediment in it
If the water coming out of your taps is muddy or rusty, it is usually an indication that there is an underlying issue with excessive sedimentation. The sedimentation may be able to be cleared by switching off the unit, attaching a hose to the drainage bib, switching off the cold water supply to it and then draining the content. This is an important sign not to ignore as muddy or rusty water is not safe to use. It is best to contact a plumber to have this problem fixed effectively.
If you are having any of these problems or other issues with your hot water system contact our team of experienced plumbers in Melbourne on 0400 978 442. We can arrange for a plumber to inspect your hot water unit, diagnose the problem and advise you of the best solution.