Hot water systems are one of the most critical components of your home as it allows you to enjoy steaming hot water during colder months. However, to enjoy continuous hot water flow, you have to ensure your hot water system receives regular maintenance and prompt repairs. You might be using the same old hot water system for years, but as the saying goes – “All good things must come to an end”, your water heater will need a replacement in the future due to lack of performance. Most homeowners think that quick hot water repairs in Sydney will do the job, but some signs indicate a different story. Identifying these warning signs will help you understand when to replace your hot water system.
Here are five signs that indicate your hot water system needs a replacement.
1. Lack of Hot Water
One of the most obvious signs of a nonfunctional and less efficient hot water system is getting enough hot water. In such cases, most homeowners tend to check their electrical supply but the problem lies with your water heater itself. Hot water systems have heater elements that go inside the system. Such heating components – having sacrificial anodes – can be in direct contact with the water, leading to potential corrosion. Most hot water systems usually have two or three heating elements, and if one fails, your heater will not produce enough hot water. If all heating elements fail, you will not get any hot water. You can consider calling a professional plumbing company – like us – for a hot water replacement in Sydney.
2. Rusty Water
If your hot water system is producing rusty coloured water, the interior of the tank is corroded. The main reason could be the rust build up inside the water heater that may have occurred over time. If left untreated, the rust build-up will continue to get worse and might even cause leakage issues from the water heater. You may eventually start to notice rust in the water coming out of taps or faucets. Sometimes, rust can also be due to corroded pipes. To find out if the rust is inside the hot water system, you can approach a plumbing expert.
3. Hearing Strange Noises
If you hear some strange noises coming from your water heater (or even plumbing system), then you need to call a plumber immediately. Hearing gurgling and banging noises are an issue of concern. Such strange noises are the result of sediment build-up, especially when using the heater. A noisy hot water system could indicate a need for replacement in older tanks or a quick repair from a certified plumber.
4. Noticing Water Leakage From Heater
A leak from any plumbing component or system indicates a warning sign. The leakage can be more concerning if it is coming out from the tank of your hot water system. Water heaters are usually made of metal. When the metal becomes hot, it contracts and expands. Unlike new hot water systems, the old ones may begin to crack, resulting in leakage from the water heater. If you notice water dripping down from the heater, you need to make quick repairs or replacements.
5. Old Unit
Most hot water systems can last anywhere between 8 to 10 years. If your hot water system is getting closer to the 10-year mark, we recommend you replace it. Whether or not your heater begins to show some signs, you need to consider a replacement. You can do your research to find out the age of your hot water system.
Our trained and professional plumber offers complete hot water installation in Sydney and offers sound maintenance advice to ensure your water heater produces sufficient hot water. For any plumbing queries, call us on 02 8294 7179.