When to Install a New Hot Water System

There’s never a perfect time to install a new hot water system, but it’s usually a little less inconvenient if it happens in the summer months! Going without hot water is not fun, therefore it’s best to be prepared and check your current hot water system regularly for functionality.

But what are the tell-tale signs your hot water system needs an upgrade? Have a look over the checklist below and if you say yes to any of the points, it may be time to consult a plumber about a new hot water system installation.

Signs of Rust and Corrosion

It’s a good idea to have the hot water system checked regularly for signs of rust. If rust is running out of the taps in the water, this could mean your hot water system is at its end. Make sure you check your pipes also, as the rust could be coming from these and you don’t want to replace a good hot water system if these are the problem.

It’s Over Twelve Years Old

It happens to us all but unfortunately as your hot water system ages, its performance will decrease. A hot water system has a useful life of around 8 – 12 years depending on its quality and how it’s been maintained. Make sure you get it checked out and watch for signs of decay. You should prepare for a new hot water system before a total breakdown occurs.

Loud Noises When Water Heating Up

If your hot water system makes a rumble and a groan when starting up, this could be a sign it’s coming to its end.

A common cause is sediment building up around the heating element, causing the system to work less efficiently.

Leakage from Hot Water System

This can be caused by a few reasons including; rust, the pressure overflow pipe, or even a blocked drain valve.

The best way is to get it checked out by a professional to establish the cause and see if the hot water system can be repaired or needs replacing.

A Metallic Taste and Smell from Hot Water

This could point to signs of corrosion on the inside of your hot water system. It could also mean the tank is rusting or the heating element is wearing away.

These metal elements are not good for your health and you should look into getting a new hot water system pronto.

Consult the professionals at Bell Plumbing on 07 3354 3300 if you identify any of the concerns above or need a new hot water system installed by Brisbane’s best plumbers.