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Signs You Need a New Hot Water System

Canberra winters can be notoriously bone-chilling cold. Imagine stepping into a steaming shower on a frosty morning, only to be greeted by a lukewarm trickle. This is a sign your hot water system might be on its last legs. But how do you know for sure it’s time for a replacement? Here at Eveready Plumbing in Canberra, we’re here to help you look for warning signs that you may need a new hot water system.

Showing its Age

Most hot water systems in Canberra have a lifespan of around 8-12 years. If your system is approaching this age or has already surpassed it, it’s wise to start considering a replacement. Older systems become less efficient and more prone to breakdowns, leading to higher energy bills and unexpected cold showers. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Reduced Efficiency: Over time, sediment build-up and wear and tear can cause your hot water system to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. This translates to higher energy consumption and increased running costs on your electricity bills.
  • Frequent Breakdowns: As your hot water system ages, its components become more susceptible to failure. This can lead to inconvenient and costly breakdowns, especially during peak demand periods like winter mornings.

Hot & Cold Fluctuations

Is your shower temperature a constant battle between scorching hot and lukewarm? This inconsistency could indicate several issues:

  • Faulty Thermostat: The thermostat regulates the water temperature within your hot water system. If it malfunctions, it can cause the water to fluctuate between extreme hot and cold.
  • Sediment Build-up: Over time, minerals and sediment can accumulate within the tank, reducing its capacity and affecting water flow and temperature regulation.
  • Mixing Valve Problems: In some cases, the problem might lie with the mixing valve at your hot water tap, which controls the blend of hot and cold water.

While repairs may be an option for some of these issues, for older hot water systems, a replacement might be the more cost-effective solution in the long run. Consider the age of your system, the frequency of repairs needed, and the potential for future problems before making a decision.

More Noisy

A well-functioning hot water system shouldn’t sound like a heavy metal concert. Hissing, banging, or rumbling noises coming from your hot water unit are red flags and could indicate:

  • Loose Parts: Over time, components within the tank can loosen and vibrate, causing rattling or banging sounds.
  • Pressure Relief Valve Issues: If the pressure relief valve malfunctions, it can create a hissing sound. This valve is a safety feature that releases excess pressure to prevent tank explosions.
  • Sediment Build-up: Significant sediment build-up can restrict water flow and cause rumbling noises within the tank.

Don’t ignore these warning signs! Contact Eveready Plumbing Canberra for a prompt diagnosis. Early intervention can prevent potential breakdowns and costly repairs.

Rust – Discoloured Water

Nobody enjoys a rusty shower. If you’re noticing brown, red, or rusty-coloured water coming from your hot water taps, it could be a sign of:

  • Internal Tank Corrosion: Rust within the tank can contaminate the water supply. This can not only affect water quality but also lead to leaks and potential damage to your plumbing system.
  • Old Pipes: If your home has older galvanised steel pipes, rust can flake off and enter the water supply.

Discoloured water is a health concern and can damage your appliances and fixtures. If you notice rusty water, it’s crucial to address the issue promptly. Depending on the severity, a system replacement or repairs to the tank or pipes might be necessary.

Leaks, Drips & Puddles

Leaks are never a good sign, and hot water system leaks are no exception. Not only do they waste precious water, but they can also cause significant damage to your property if left unchecked. Here’s why leaks are a major concern:

  • Wasted Water: Even a small leak can waste hundreds of litres of water a month, leading to higher water bills and contributing to water wastage.
  • Property Damage: Hot water leaks can damage surrounding flooring, walls, and cabinets if left unaddressed. This can lead to costly repairs and potential mould growth.

If you notice any leaks around your hot water system, it’s time to call a licensed plumber from Eveready Plumbing for a prompt assessment and repair or replacement, depending on the severity. Early detection and intervention are key to minimising damage and keeping costs down.

Still Not Sure? Speak to the Experts at Eveready Plumbing

Email or call our friendly team today on (02) 6260 2766 to request an inspection of your hot water system and a quote for a hot water replacement if required. You can also visit us at Hume Estate, Unit 8/88 Sheppard St, Hume ACT for personalised assistance.

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