Did you know that waiting too long to replace your hot water system can be costly? Continually servicing your current hot water system can quickly add up and exceed the cost of buying a new and more efficient one.
Depending on the make and model of your existing water heater and if it’s 6-12 years old, we recommend you consider replacing it.
However, the age of your hot water system is not the only thing to consider. Use the questions below as a guide to quickly decide whether to replace your hot water system.
- Is water leaking from your hot water system?
One of the first signs that your hot water system needs replacing is if the system is leaking. Water pooling around the bottom of the system or flooding onto the ground is a sure sign your water storage cylinder or heat exchanger has burst.
- Are you running out of hot water?
Running out of hot water is a sign that you may have a leak in your system or a failed component or part. If pressure and temperature relief valves are continually discharging, it will cause fluctuations in water temperature and the hot water to run out sooner than expected.
- Has the warranty period expired?
Depending on your make and model, most hot water systems have a Manufacturer’s warranty period of between 5 to 12 years. It’s important to note that this is on the storage cylinder only. All other components generally only have a 12-month warranty period.
If you have a continuous flow hot water system, most will come with a Manufacturer’s warranty period of 10-12 years. Again, this is only on the heat exchanger. All other components generally have a 3-year warranty period.
The main question to answer is ‘will the cost of repairs exceed the cost of a new unit?’
- Is your hot water system continually failing and needs constant servicing?
If you find your unit constantly failing and is out of warranty, then replacing it with a more efficient and modern system will be your best and most cost-effective option.
The cost of constantly servicing your unit would far outweigh the cost of replacing it and you would also receive a new Manufacturer’s warranty.
- Is your hot water rusty in appearance and have sediment in it?
Discoloured or sediment in your hot water is a common sign your hot water system is failing. Cylinders can corrode over time causing sediment to sit in the bottom or your tank. This sediment can get into the pipework in your home and start to come out of your faucets, if not fixed properly. If you notice discoloured water, then this is an early sign to call your local licensed plumber who will be able to diagnose and advice on whether to replace or repair your hot water service.
- Is the system making rumbling or banging noises?
Banging and gurgling sounds from your hot water system are sure signs there is an issue. There is an inlet valve located internally that allows cold water to replace hot water as it is being used. If this valve is failing it will cause water hammer within your hot water service as the valves slam open and closed.
If you notice any of the above signs with the hot water in your home or business, then immediately call a licensed plumber to prevent further damage.
Once you do decide to replace your hot water system, it’s important to understand what type of hot water system will best suit your home, circumstances and lifestyle. Your licensed plumbing professional will be able to advise which hot water system is best for you.
For all your hot water system needs, contact Essendon Plumbing Services 1300 231 976 or book online.