Signs That It’s Time To Replace Your Hot Water System

  • William Demirdonder
  • December 28, 2020
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If you think it’s time to replace your hot water system, then this article is for you. A high-quality hot water system will usually last 10 years or more, but here are some tips from Proximity Plumbing on how to know when it’s time to repair or replace it.

Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Hot Water System

#1 Age

Most quality hot water units will usually last 10 years or more. However, if your system is approaching or past this age and you are experiencing some issues, it may be worth considering replacing it.

The need to replace your hot water unit may be made premature if your household has outgrown your hot water unit and is causing it to work overtime to keep up with your household hot water demand.

For example, if you have multiple bathrooms, dishwashers and washing machines! All these fantastic things can, unfortunately, take their toll on ageing or too small a water unit

#2 Discoloured Water

Corrosion or rust inside a water unit can be identified through brown, red or rusty water coming out of taps.

Get a plumber to check out the source of water discolouration as it may also be caused by a build-up of sediment in the tank (which can also lead to tank corrosion or system overheating)

#3 Noisy

Sediment can be blamed for noisy hot water heaters – it’s a bloody nuisance! Accumulating sediment at the bottom of your tank can contribute to noises, which are caused by bubbles escaping from beneath the sediment, making a popping, banging or cracking sound.

You’ll be pleased to hear that sediment build up can be easily drained from the tank, therefore meaning it is important to address these noises as soon as they occur, to prevent long term damage and corrosion.

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#4 Leaks

A leaking hot water unit can become a substantial problem very quickly.

Damage can be caused to the unit itself, but if the hot water unit is located inside your property, it has the potential to cause damage to walls, floors and other surrounding elements.

Leaks commonly occur from the inlet or outlet connections, at the pressure relief valve or from the tank itself.

If left un-repaired, leaks can quickly lead to mould or mildew growth, potentially causing health problems for those living in the property.

#5 Frequent Problems

If you have had to call for help several times in the past year regarding your hot water unit, it would be well worth considering upgrading to a new system.

It’s Time To Replace Your Hot Water System

Upgrading your hot water system can be a great chance to replace your existing hot water unit to a more energy-efficient unit, potentially saving hundreds on future power bills.

Don’t wait for your hot water unit to shut down altogether. Trust us – if past experiences are anything to go by, it will decide to shut down at the most inconvenient of times.

We recommend you start taking notice of your hot water unit’s behaviour and if you have any questions, please contact us now.

At Proximity Plumbing we inspect your hot water system as part of our routine plumbing inspection and general plumbing inspection so please book in a service or contact us now.

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