Hot Water Repairs
Is It Time To Replace Your Hot Water System?
Over time, hot water systems can have various problems and can reach a point where it’s more economical to buy a new one. The following troubleshooting tips can help you decide whether hot water repairs are worth the time and money, or whether it’s just time to invest in a new system.
The system is Making Strange Noises
Although some noises are to be expected, it may be time to take a closer look if you hear noises that you just aren’t used to hearing. A bubbling noise can mean a potentially dangerous buildup of pressure while screaming or screeching sounds might indicate the valves not opening properly. If it just doesn’t sound right, it may be time for our hot water expert to take a look.
No Hot Water
The reason may be as simple as having a tank that isn’t big enough, or you may be using up your hot water because of a recent bathroom upgrade. Conserving hot water is an obvious solution, although you should also hire an expert to check your thermostat and other key parts. A leaking water pipe or leaking valve could also mean a shortage of hot water.
If Your Water Is Orange
A spent anode could be turning your water orange and emitting a metallic smell. There may be an issue with your water supply, your older pipes may be rusting inside, or the sacrificial anode in your tank may be spent. We can troubleshoot your system if your water is discoloured and advise whether you need to replace an anode. Simply cleaning the heating element and flushing out the hot water tank often solves an orange water problem, although we can help regardless of the reason.
Leaking Hot Water Heater
This is the most common issue that our customers call about. Although all hot water heaters will fail at some point, a leak of more than about 2 percent may be a serious problem and our experts can accurately diagnose it for you. Your leak may be caused by one of several issues, including a corroded hot water tank, a faulty pressure relief valve or simply a system that has reached the end of its useful life.
Turning off the water supply along with the power switch in your electric meter board is the first step if you spot a serious leak. You will need to turn off the main tap on your water meter if you are not able to turn the water supply tap off. You may want to fill some buckets or other containers with water before doing the above step, as you are actually turning off the supply of water to your entire house.
The gas should be turned off too if the leak is from a gas hot water heater.
Most experts recommend a thorough check of your hot water system by an experienced and licensed professional at least once every five years. Whether you are experiencing any of the problems described above, whether you just want to maintain and troubleshoot your system, or whether it’s time for a new heater, our experts are standing by to make sure you get the most from your hot water system.