When was the last time you called your Doncaster plumber to take a look at your hot water system?
If it’s been a while, you’re overdue. If you ask us, you should be getting your hot water system inspected by a local plumber every 2 or so years.
During a hot water heater inspection, your local plumber goes from top to bottom looking for potential problems, damage and wear-and-tear. And if they find anything, they’ll offer to fix it on-the-spot.
What types of hot water problems can your plumber find and fix?
You’re not receiving any hot water when you turn the tap
One of the most obvious signs of hot water problems is when you don’t have any!
A loss of hot water can be caused by a number of different reasons, but the most common is broken or worn-out components.
In gas water heaters for example, a common point of failure is the the thermocouple. This device keeps your pilot flame alight – a faulty thermocouple will deprive you of hot water completely.
Another common point of failure is the thermostat. This regulates the temperature of your hot water. If this is faulty, that can result in water that’s dangerously hot, or alternatively, freezing cold.
Luckily, H2-Pro’s Doncaster plumber has the skill and know-how to safely fix all the common causes of a hot water system that doesn’t supply hot water!
A hot water plumber can fix leaks in your water heater
Just like any other part of your home’s water system, the hot water heater is connected to your home and the water mains by pipes.
Needless to say, problems with one of those pipes (whether it’s going in or out) can cause hot water problems.
Just like the rest of your home’s pipes, the pipes and valves in your hot water heater can wear out with age, leading to leaks. This can lead to hot water that isn’t, as well as weaker taps and showerheads.
Not only can they lower your water pressure, but if your heater is situated near electrical components, it could also present a high risk of electrocution. You shouldn’t need us to tell you that water + electricity = danger!
You’re getting too much hot water!
Hot water can be dangerous – at 70 degrees, water can cause third degree burns in slightly under a second of exposure.
It’s scary how dangerous hot water can be. So why aren’t we scalded every time we hop in the shower?
We’ll tell you: tempering valves, that’s why!
Tempering valves provide vital scald protection by regulating the temperature of your hot water. They do this by mixing hot water with cold water as it leaves your water heater, guaranteeing a safe temperature.
In Australia, tempering valves have been mandatory on hot water systems for several years now.
Needless to say, faults with these valves can significantly increase your risk of scalds and burns. Broken parts and wear-and-tear can lead to dangerously hot water being supplied to your home.
It can be hard to detect problems with your tempering valves. Luckily, your local plumber knows what to look out for.
Click here to learn more about tempering valves and how they work.
Rust? In your hot water?
Storage water heaters work by keeping a reserve of hot water in a heated tank, ready for immediate use.
Many of these tanks are made of metal. And as we all know, metal has a tendency to rust when exposed to high humidity.
And your tank water heater is the perfect place for this to happen.
Rusted water isn’t poisonous – it’s essentially just iron, something you already consume every single day.
That said, it’s not something you want to live with either.
Fortunately, this is an easy fix for your local plumber. During an inspection, we’ll identify the rusted parts of your hot water storage system and replace it. All you’ll have to do is run your taps to enjoy clean, clear water once again!
Your hot water system has kicked the bucket
Most hot water systems have an average life of around 10-15 years, depending on how well they’re maintained. (Those that are not regularly serviced may only last around eight).
If your hot water is failing you, it’s worth checking the unit to see if you can identify its manufacture date. If it’s around the 10-year mark, it’s probably time to invest in a new one.
In addition to performing the installation itself, your hot water plumber can also help you choose a suitable replacement.
Your plumber works with a wide range of different systems from several reputable brands. We can help you choose a system that strikes the best balance between performance and cost (both upfront and lifetime).
Choose a Doncaster plumber to fix your hot water problems
Unless you’re a fan if ice-cold showers year-round (in which case, more power to you!), you’ll want to make sure your hot water system is inspected regularly so it’s performing at its best.
Organise a hot water inspection with a qualified Doncaster plumber like H2-Pro Plumbing.