Winter can sometimes be the busiest time for plumbers to install new hot water systems.
We tend to not take too much notice of our tanks during summer, as the desire for a hot shower is less so than during the cooler months.
This means that you may miss crucial signs that your heater is in need of some tender loving care.
So what can you do to avoid cold showers for your family?
Homeowners can maintain their hot water systems by getting them regularly checked, tested for leaks and where possible, planning replacement for older systems to happen in the warmer months so you are ready for the colder times.
There are however a few things you can do before calling a professional:
Check for rust & leaks – any sign of corrosion, water leak or dropping around the safety valve is a sure fire sign that your system is in trouble.
Sacrificial anode – rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? These important little metal rods are used to prevent corrosion inside your hot water system. Over time, they can degrade and should, therefore, be replaced regularly. Check your system manual (or search the internet) to see what the manufacturers’ recommendations are.
We are experienced in carrying out full water system services, or, if it’s an old system and you are looking to replace it, we work with a number of well-known brands such as Rheem, Dux, Rinnai and Vulcan and will provide you with unbiased advice depending on your budgets and needs.
In some circumstances, you may also be eligible to apply for a cash-back when you install a new hot water system so be sure to research this with your electricity company or another relevant provider before proceeding.
There are many things to consider when replacing your hot water system, and the team from Choice have written a great overview of some of these including whether you should go for gas, electric or even solar.