Signs Your Hot Water System Needs a Repair

 

You rely on your hot water for cooking, bathing and washing so when it’s not working properly, it can be quite inconvenient.

That’s when it’s time to call our professionals at DCM Plumbing and Drainage for help. gas hot water heater

We can diagnose the problem and provide the repairs you need so that your life can get back to normal. So how do you know it’s time to call?

These signs are an indication that you need hot water repairs.

Water that is Only Lukewarm

If you aren’t getting water that is hot enough, that’s a definite sign that your hot water system might need to be fixed.

Most hot water systems have a temperature control valve fitted, when this becomes faulty it’s common to have fluctuations in water temperature. If this is your issue it’s time to call us to fix this for you.

If the water is never getting hot, the element or thermostat in your system could be faulty and will need to be replaced.

This is a job for a qualified electrician.

You Run Out of Hot Water

Have you noticed that you’re suddenly running out of hot water more quickly than you’re used to? This could indicate that one of the elements responsible for heating your water isn’t working as it should, so there isn’t as much hot water at one time.

Running out of hot water also happens during the colder months when you mix less cold water with the hot water in the shower to get the perfect temperature, causing the hot water to run out quicker than usual.

You Notice Rust in the Hot Water

Obviously, your hot water should be clear, so if you start to notice a rusty colour, you have a problem. This could mean that your hot water tank is degrading and wearing down and is rusting on the inside, which is transferring to your water.

This very visible sign means that your hot water unit is very close to the end of it’s useful life and should be replaced as soon as possible.

There’s a Leak

A leaking hot water heater is never a good sign. Minor leaks can likely be repaired, but if you let them get out of hand, you could have bigger and more costly problems.

Clean up the water and watch to see if it comes back. If it does, contact us for help immediately.

Strange Sounds Coming from the System

Your hot water system is designed to be very quiet so if it’s making a noise, there could be an issue. If you hear a rumbling or popping sound, you probably have sediment build up in the tank, which can cause problems over time by causing damage to the walls of the heater.

If the noise you hear is more like a banging noise it could be due to water hammer. This is usually caused by one of the valves attached to the heater and we can identify and repair this for you.

If you think you need hot water repairs, call us at DCM Plumbing and Drainage today to set up an appointment.

For more hot water information, read our previous blog post on how much a hot water system costs!