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5 must-know signs of hot water problems

Imagine a day – or even a morning – without your hot shower.

In these cold winter days, everyone’s finding comfort in the availability of hot water. Washing, cleaning, laundry, showering – imagine if you didn’t have hot water for any of these tasks – and no less, during winter!

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what can happen if your system isn’t running as it should.

As time goes by, water heaters can grow old and wear out. And just like other appliances you have at home, there will eventually come a time when you need to replace it altogether.

How do you know if you’re coming up to this date?

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5 unmissable signs that you need a new hot water system

The following list comprises some of the most common signs of a fault within your hot water system. Most are obvious, so as soon as you notice even the earliest signs, we urge you to get in touch with our plumbers in Bayside.

Not only do these problems compromise your comfort, they can also end up costing you more in the long run, as repairs get more expensive or replacement becomes more cumbersome.

What are the common faults in a hot water system?

1) Rusty water

Rusty water can be a sign of many different issues – since the vast majority of homes nowadays use PVC pipes instead of metal, however, the most likely candidate is your hot water system.

Many of your water heater’s interior parts are made of metal and may corrode over time. In particular, the anode rod may become exhausted, leading to rust.

And that, in turn, results in the water that passes through your system coming out rusty as well!

Depending on the extent of the corrosion, you may need to have a new zinc anode rod installed – sometimes, however, you may need a complete replacement for your water heater.

Unsure which one you need? Our plumbers in Cheltenham have the skills and knowledge to help you out.

2) Strange noises

Can you hear strange noises that:

  1. Don’t come from your pipes?
  2. Only appear when the hot water is on?

If so, chances are you have a hot water issue on your hands!

The most common hot water-related noises are caused by sediment that accumulates and hardens inside your hot water over time.

This can result in a range of noises, including:

  • Knocking or hammering
  • Humming
  • Popping and cracking

Luckily, this can be fixed by removing the sediment in question, leading to a return to whisper-quiet operation.

3) Water leaks 

And no, we aren’t talking about leaks inside your home – rather, we’re talking about outdoor ones.

Specifically, we’re talking about leaks near your water tank.

Noticed puddles around your hot water system? If so, there’s a good chance you’ve sprung a leak and are in need of hot water repairs.

One of the most common reasons behind hot water leaks is that your water valve may have worn down, with parts coming loose or simply reaching the end of their useful lives.

Another issue may be your drain valve, which is responsible for draining your water system.

4) Your water heater is getting older

Nothing lasts forever.

This principle applies to water heaters as well. The average lifespan of a well-maintained water heater is between 8 and 10 years. So if your heater is approaching this milestone, you need to be mindful of any potential problems.

You will know the age of your water heater based on its serial number – alternatively, you can find it out via the manufacturer’s website.

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5) No hot water coming out

If you aren’t getting any hot water, you have a water heater problem – it really is as simple as that!

In many cases, we consider this problem as urgent, so if you need an emergency plumber in Brighton East, Cheltenham, or anywhere else across Bayside, call Watermaster Plumbing now.

The most common causes of water heater problems

Are there energy supply problems?

In order for your hot water system to work, it needs energy.

While previously electricity was king of the hill, nowadays the vast majority use gas, with solar water heaters representing a growing segment of the water heater market.

Whatever power source your hot water system uses, issues with its connection to this power can lead to hot water issues.

Did you know? In addition to performing hot water repairs, our Bayside plumbers are also certified gas plumbers.

If you use a gas-powered system, our hot water plumbers will be able to inspect and repair your gas connection.

Do I have faulty water valves?

Tempering valves are a crucial part of your hot water system, controlling the heat that comes out of your water heater.

The water in your hot water system is heated up to dangerous levels – when it comes into your home however, it’s mixed with cold water thanks to tempering valves.

But over time, valves can wear out and fail to serve its function.

While not technically a problem with the hot water system itself, it can still affect your issues, either leaving you with scalding hot water or nothing but cold water.

When this happens, you will need the help of a hot water plumber in Bayside to repair or replace your faulty water valve.

What happens if I have a faulty thermostat?

Thermostats serve an important function, maintaining the water in your hot water system at a high temperature so that when you turn the tap, hot water comes out on demand.

When said thermostat stops working however, you’re left with problems:

  • Your water may come out cold
  • Alternatively, it may come out too hot
  • Your system may fail to keep the water at a high enough temperature
  • Hot water temperatures may be inconsistent

Think of the thermostat as the brains behind the entire operation – as such, it’s one of the most important parts of your entire system.

Worn-out and broken heating elements

Key to your water heater’s ability to provide hot water? The heating elements themselves.

Unfortunately, the tendency is that over time, these heating elements may become broken or worn-out. And when the heating elements themselves don’t work… well, you can guess what comes next!

As part of our hot water services, our hot water plumbers in Melbourne can replace these heating elements.

Sometimes however, it isn’t feasible – perhaps the system is old, and the heating coils are out of production. In these cases, the only feasible course of action is to get an entirely new hot water system.

What causes poor hot water pressure?

While the problem is best left solved by a plumber, there are a number of common causes that may be contributing to this frustrating water issue! Some causes of low water pressure may include:

  • Sediment buildup
  • Corrosion, rust, or otherwise damaged pipes
  • Blockages 
  • Faulty pressure reducing valve (PRV)
  • Water heater problems
  • A problem between the mains supply and your property

Call our hot water plumbers in Bayside before winter really kicks into gear

Don’t endure cold or lukewarm at best water – if you’re feeling the chill, get in touch with our plumbing team in Bentleigh.

We provide a wide range of plumbing repairs – and that includes hot water plumbing.

No matter the issue, you can trust Watermaster Plumbing to provide you with prompt, reliable and efficient plumbing services wherever you live in Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs.

With more than 20 years of experience, you can trust our team to keep you warm and comfortable this winter!

Call Watermaster Plumbing on 1300 156 650 or fill in the form to get a quote today.

2023-03-14T05:17:31+00:00 March 25th, 2023|Blog|