Six signs it’s time to replace your hot water heater.
In most plumbing emergencies, the telltale signs of a problem brewing can be seen in the months and weeks leading up to the moment of “oh S*&$ we need a plumber”! With your hot water heater, there are six warning signs to indicate it is about to fail and it may be time to replace it.
When ignored, these six signs can lead to more than just no hot water – so pay attention!
- You hear a strange noise coming from your heater.
When your hot water system ages, strange popping sounds, and loud clanging are common. This is a result of bubbles escaping from the sediment trapped at the bottom of the system which over time, builds up. If you are regularly flushing your hot water system and cleaning the sediment you will be giving your hot water system the best chance of a longer life span.
- The colour of your water has changed.
If you see brown, muddy, red or rusty coloured water coming out of your taps then your hot water system may be fighting internal rust or a build-up of sediment. Similarly, if the water has a metallic smell or taste and you can see particles in the water – there is an issue with the system and it’s time to get that beautiful, clear, clean water back!
- The hot water system has a visible leak.
Like all leaks – when a leak in your hot water system is left alone it can create bigger issues and even a plumbing emergency. If the system is inside your property it can cause damage to the walls, floors and surrounding areas. So inspect the unit, if your hot water system is leaking or water is pooling at the base of the system, time to call a licensed plumber ASAP.
- Frequent issues with the system.
If you’ve just fixed a leak and now there’s another; if you’ve just cleaned the tank and now you’re hearing strange noises – it may be your system begging you to replace it! By upgrading your system you can change to a more energy-efficient system and save some money on your next water and energy bill. Read here for more information on how to save money on water.
- Your “hot” water is lukewarm.
If your hot water is coming out lukewarm (or icy cold) your system could have a broken heating element or the thermostat needs readjusting. It could also be your system is now too small for your family’s hot water needs and you should upgrade to a bigger system. Either way, a plumber will be able to determine why those nice hot showers have disappeared.
- Your hot water heater is old.
Whilst not a ‘sign’ the fact your hot water system is ageing can be a reason to replace it. Hot water systems carry the burden of a lot of hard work in your home’s plumbing system, proving hot water to baths, showers, taps, dishwashers, washing machines…all this hard work means they don’t last forever! Most quality systems will last 8 – 10 years. The good news is that a new system will be more energy-efficient and save you money on your next water and energy bill (plus you can rest easy knowing your new system will provide you and your family with fresh, HOT water for years to come.
These warning signs from your hot water systems are not something you want to ignore!
At Proximity Plumbing, we can inspect your hot water system for you and determine whether it needs some minor repairs or a full replacement. So call us on 0420 102 394 for a free quote. Plus we guarantee to be on-site within the eastern suburbs in 30 minutes!
For more information on hot water heaters, check out our article on Is your hot water heater ready for Winter?
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