Tell Tail Signs Your Hot Water System May Be On It’s Last Legs.
No one likes being caught out with no hot water. Going for your hot morning shower and realising there is no hot water is an uncomfortable scenario and one we would rather not have to face. To ensure you are never left without hot water it is best to get to know your hot water system and become aware of the common warning signs that may suggest that your water heater is on its last legs.
A Leaking Tank
This is one of the most obvious signs; If your tank is leaking, then it’s clear you need to replace it. You cannot repair a leak in a tank; it is likely that this short-term fix will fail and you could be faced with a large flood. Before replacing the tank check, the leak is not coming from any of the fixtures. It is best to enlist the help of a professional plumber who can identify the exact location of the leak and determine if it is definitely the tank that needs replacing, perhaps saving you from spending out on a new tank if this is not the problem. If it is the tank, then they can advise on the best replacement and get it back up and be running as quickly as possible.
Cold or Lukewarm Water
No hot water coming from your taps? There are a couple of things you can check first before you expect the worse. Firstly, is your thermostat set correctly? If this has been changed, then that may be the reason for the change in the temperature of your water. Secondly, has there been more people than usual using the hot water in the house? It may be that your system cannot keep up with the demand. In this case, you may want to speak to a professional plumber about increasing the capacity of your system. If neither of these is the cause, then it is likely that the issue lies with your hot water system. You will want to call a 24/7 local plumber in Melbourne immediately to rectify the problem.
Sudden Rusty Water
If you experience rust coming from your taps or the shower this is an indication that your water tank may have come to the end of its life. The rust suggests corrosion of the tank and may lead to damage of other appliances in your house. Pipes in your plumbing system can get blocked with rust and washing machines and dishwashers can get damaged. Rust is hazardous to your health so do not continue to drink it and make sure you enlist the help of a professional plumber who can confirm the location of the rust, and make the required hot water repairs or replacements.
The Age of Your Hot Water System
Do you know how old your water heater is? Paying attention to your water heaters age will provide you with a guideline for how much longer it may have left. A standard water heater has a life expectancy of around 8-12 years. When your heater reaches the 10-year mark, it may be time to think about replacing it. The longevity of your system may be lower if it’s been put under higher strain from an unusually busy household, or if you live in a hard water area and its efficiency has been reduced due to a build-up of scale.
Noise from tank
Is your water heater making noises? If it is a hissing sound that you can hear then you probably don’t have a severe problem, this may be a sign that a valve is faulty and this can easily be replaced. If it is banging noise that you can hear then this may be a sign that your water heater is on its last legs. The banging noise comes from sediment that has settled on the bottom of the tank when it heats up. This sediment also corrodes the heating element and forms a scale on top of it reducing its efficiency and using more energy. Contact a plumber to either help you fit the correct valve on your tank or inspect the banging noise and options for Hot Water Installations.
Do you have more people using the hot water in your house? An increased demand for hot water may be putting your system under pressure and reducing its effectiveness. If this demand is set to remain then, as mentioned previously, you may want to speak to a plumber to discuss an upgrade.
Have you noticed an unexplained increase in your energy bills? If your energy bills have suddenly increased and you cannot explain why it may be due to your water heater not working as efficiently as it used to. Suggesting that it may be time to invest in a new one.
Frequent past repairs
If you are finding you are calling a plumber out frequently to fix your hot water issues then it may be time to lay your hot water heater to rest. Putting the money you would have spent on repair towards a new system will keep your hot water issues at bay for the long term and may eventually end up saving you money. It’s important you hire a registered plumber so you can be sure you’re getting the best possible advice about when to replace and when to repair a hot water system.
If any of these tell-tale signs start to show their ugly faces, then you will know it is time to call in the plumber to investigate. NLK Plumbers are available 24/7 for all your plumbing needs. Our NLK technicians are trained in dealing with all major brands, so we can give you the best advice on the right make and model for your needs. For any assistance including servicing, installation, and hot water repairs Melbourne, call NLK Plumbing today on 0404 803 333.