Have you ever thought about how much you rely on hot water in your home? From that lovely hot morning shower to get you up for the day. The hot washing machine that thoroughly cleans all the clothes – and stains too! Not to mention that valued dishwasher and sink that gets all your dishes back to new. We all love and use hot water on a daily basis, but we also need to take care of our system. Otherwise, we can quite literally land ourselves in ‘hot water’.
Most people don’t even think about their hot water system. It is there, it does its job, and that’s that. While our hot water doesn’t need much attention, repairs should always be timely to avoid small problems that become much bigger in time.
Here are some ways you can avoid costly hot water repairs:
If your hot water system is close to 10 years old and hasn’t been serviced regularly, then it might be time to think about replacing it. A gas system that is more than 10 years old runs on about 50% of its usual efficiency rate and can result in your running costs being much higher.
As with anything, technology has improved over time. A decade is a long time in the technological world. It’s no surprise that hot water systems are much more energy efficient these days and are also built to last longer, with the proper care and maintenance. Upgrading to a new system gives you a chance to find something that is much more energy efficient and save money in running costs.
Another way to save yourself some money when it comes to costly hot water repairs is to stay on top of any problems that arise. Here are some signs there’s a problem with your hot water that needs to be looked at sooner rather than later:
This is an obvious sign that is very visible to the eye. We all know our water shouldn’t be coming out red, brown or rust coloured. If that happens to you, there is likely corrosion in your hot water tank. Simple maintenance can prevent this. There is a sacrificial anode in every hot water tank that can prevent this from happening if it is replaced regularly. This colour could also be caused by a build-up of sediment, which can be easily fixed with a simple flush.
One of the biggest problems occurs when your system is unable to consistently produce hot water. It’s an early sign that the system is on the brink of failure. Rather than let it continue until you need to replace it altogether, there are a number of problems that could cause this that only require minor repairs. That’s why it is best to get it looked at early.
This is one problem you don’t want to come in to, as it can also cause damage to your carpets, furniture and more. If you do get a leak, first check if you can find where it is coming from. Call a plumber as soon as possible if this occurs. By leaving the problem, it can result in mould and mildew building up.
This is something you should always be on the listen out for when it comes to your hot water system. If there is a hissing or a sizzling noise, it could mean a number of things. It may just be that your relief valve is faulty, which is an easy fix. However, if it goes unfixed it could lead to a whole new hot water system.
Maintenance repairs such as these will cost you a lot less than urgent repairs. By the time the problem becomes an urgent one, you are likely to need new parts as the damage is too extensive to reverse.
Even without any of the warning signs mentioned above, you should look at having your hot water systems serviced on a regular basis. It can extend the life of your hot water system by as much as 25 years, and help you avoid those costly breakdowns.
The key to preventing costly repairs is looking after your hot water system. If it has been a while since your last service, then be sure to call the professionals at Zabs Plumbing today. We can come out and take a look at your system and make sure it is in the best shape possible, so you aren’t stuck with a nasty bill down the track.