The availability of hot running water is essential for everyday living. We expect hot water to flow automatically when the tap is turned on but often neglect to ensure that the system is properly maintained. It is estimated that the average person could utilise various degrees of heated water up to 20 times per day – from cooking to laundry and showering to frequent hand washing. When this usage is multiplied by the number of household members it can be seen that a great demand could be placed on the water heating system to constantly perform at optimal levels. Under normal circumstances, water heaters have an average lifespan of around ten years. Although regular maintenance can help prolong its life, sooner or later even the best quality water heater will eventually need to be replaced.
Signs You Need To Service Your Hot Water System
Recognising certain signs that your hot water system needs servicing will avoid small problems from becoming a major and costly headache. Here are some of the early warning signs that you need to call a plumber right away:
- No hot water or inconsistent heat
If there is no hot water it is obvious that something is seriously wrong. However, heat fluctuations are an early warning sign that a build-up of mineral deposits is interfering with the heating process. If the heating element is blocked it can lead to overheating of the tank itself and should be attended to as soon as possible.
- Low pressure from hot water taps
Mineral deposits building up in the pipes leading to the water heater can cause blockages that hinder the water from flowing freely. Water pressure is affected when the water flow is blocked or restricted. The tank will need to be flushed out and cleaned to remove all traces of mineral build-up.
- Strange noises from hot water taps
Sudden strange noises when the hot water is turned on means that the water flow is being trapped beneath a layer of mineral build-up. Popping, cracking, and banging noises occur when too much pressure has built up, causing the trapped water to push its way past the blockage. Once again, the tank will need to be flushed out and cleaned by a licensed plumber to ensure it is done correctly.
- Water pooling around the base of the water heater
Signs that the water heater is sweating or leaking is one of the most alarming signs of serious trouble that should be attended to immediately. If left unattended, too much strain, pressure, or heat over time could fracture the water heater and even cause it to rupture. If there are signs that the water heater is leaking or losing water you should call an expert right away to have the problem taken care of.
Why Service Your Hot Water System?
Water with a high mineral content can cause build-ups in the pipes and tank of your hot water system that can have serious negative effects. Built-up corrosion and rust can cause components such as relief valves, pressure valves, anodes, tempering valves, and the element or thermocouple of the system to fail. Regular maintenance can ensure a trouble-free hot water system and prolong the life span of your water heater. Neglecting to do so can have devastating and costly effects. Not only will servicing ensure that the system is running efficiently, but it can also prevent a disaster like a tank rupturing prematurely.
In addition to flushing and cleaning the tank to remove mineral build-up, these valves need to be serviced at least once every 6 months. Ceased valves can cause a pressure build-up that can lead to the tank becoming ruptured and even exploding, endangering the lives of people.
If you discover any of the above signs that your heater is in urgent need of a service, please call AusStar Plumbing & Gas in Baldivis and one of our experienced experts will be happy to help you with any problems you may be having with your hot water system.