Hot Water Systems
Typically, winter is the busiest time for plumbers to install a new hot water system.
We tend not to take much notice of our tanks during summer, as the desire for a hot shower is less 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 and tested for leaks, and where possible pre-planning replacement for old systems to happen in the warmer months, so that you are prepared and ready for the colder times.
There are a few things you can do before calling an expert, however:
- Check for rust & leaks – any sign of corrosion, water leak or dripping around the safety valve is a sure fire sign that your system is in trouble (don’t leave it too long like this example!)
- 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. You can check your system manual to see what the manufacturers’ recommendations are.
We are experienced in carrying out full hot water system services, or if it’s an old system and you are looking to replace it we work with a multitude of well-known quality brands such as Rheem, Dux, Rinnai and Vulcan and will provide you with unbiased advice depending on your budget 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 other relevant providers 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 the some of these including whether you should go for gas, electric, or even solar.