When your hot water system goes puff with a bang, a flood or a whimper, it happens so suddenly and you usually do not have the luxury to revel available options, unless you don’t mind cold showers. Alternatively, and of course later, you can purchase a replacement of a similar type, and once installed, you will forget about it until the next time this predicament occurs.
But hey, you don’t have to wait until your old hot water system blows up, there are ways you can tell if your hot water system needs replacement and plan your next purchase today. Ideally, most hot water systems last between 8 and 12 years. While experts generally recommend replacing the heater at ten years, the actual time to replace it could be before or even after their lifespan.
Whether or not your heater starts showing signs of being faulty, you should consider replacing it after a decade since its date of manufacture. However, along the way, you could consider hot water system repair whenever the water heater shows signs of being faulty.
Symptoms of a faulty electric, gas and solar hot water system
The three types of hot water systems vary and we have prepared a list of signs to look for in each system. This guide will help you tell in advance when your water heater is on its way out.
Electric Hot Water System
An electric hot water system is generally long-lasting but like everything else, they don’t last forever. Regular maintenance and repairs may be required to ensure optimal performance every time.
Have your water heater replaced immediately if you see any of the following signs:
- Loud noises
- Only producing cold water or very hot water
- Rust around the tank or in the water
Just like the electric HWS, gas is a durable and reliable water heater and a preferred choice for Australian homeowners. But then, it’s prudent to know when your gas HWS is about to break.
Gas Hot Water Systems
Keep in mind that not all hot water heaters come with a life span of up to 10 years. The gas water heaters are an exception as they generally last for about six to eight years.
In essence, if you have occupied your home for an average of seven to eight years, chances are you’ll soon be required to replace your water heater if it’s powered by gas.
Solar Hot Water Systems
Solar hot water systems are an eco-friendly option for many homeowners across Australia. Yet, like the other two, they experience break downs along the way. The most common signs that your solar hot water system needs a repair or replacement include:
- Leaking solar hot water tank
- Inadequate hot water
- Producing cold water
- Broken glass on solar panel
- System making a knocking noise
So, is it time to replace your hot water system?
If your water heater is experiencing any of the above issues, be sure to contact Baywood Plumbing & Gas for the most reliable hot water system repair, hot water system replacement and general & emergency plumbing services in Perth.