We often forget how important our water heating systems are and just how much we depend on them each and every day. A hot shower, warm, soapy water to clean our clothes, the near scalding H20 that blasts leftover crumbs our dishes—all thanks to the hot water systems in our homes.
Like any household system used day in and day out, hot water system maintenance is imperative to ensure no hiccups or failures occur.
Don’t DIY: Leave it to the Pros
Just in case you needed a safety reminder, all hot water systems connected to either an electric or gas main.
Ok, sure, but what does that mean? Well, it basically means that all systems typically contain a lot of super-hot water. Always contact a qualified technician for repairs and maintenance checkups. There is simply no need for you to be burned, electrocuted, or to flood your home with the contents of your tank—that’s just asking for more problems.
Common Problems and Water System Issues:
One of the most common issues homeowners often notice is a leak from their water heating system. While this is not a problem you can fix yourself, you should shut down the system until a technician can come out to check out the situation.
If you have a system that plugs directly into the gas main, the best place to start is by turning off the gas. A small tap is typically located close to the heating system, and you can gently turn it to shut it off. Once the gas is cut, carefully examine the unit to determine where the leak is originating from—this will enable you to better inform the technician. If you notice the leak originated from the temperature and pressure valve, it’s best to cut off the water to reduce the flow. Once this is done, leave the rest to an experienced and licensed repair technician. He or she will be able to remedy the leak, and hopefully repair the system so that the same issue doesn’t happen again.
If your system is electric, make sure to turn off the power at your home’s switchboard immediately after your notice a leak.
No hot water:
So you’ve turned on the tap, but can’t seem to get any hot water? It helps to check other sinks in the home to determine if the problem is isolated to one unit. If the problem is widespread, and only cold water is coming out of the faucet, then check to see if the heating unit is leaking. If not, it could be that your pilot light has simply gone out. If so, closely follow the instructions in the user’s manual to relight it.
Occasionally you may experience some odd noises coming from the water heating tank. Don’t fret—while these odd sounds could by caused by any number of things, it’s often the result of sediment build up.
This can occasionally be remedied by simply flushing the tank. As mentioned before, it’s always best to call a qualified technician to come out and flush the system.
Seek Help from the Perth Plumbing Specialists
Your hot water system may need repairs. If the hot water is loosing heat, or cutting out then it may be best to have Professional Perth Plumbers look at your system. WestEnd Plumbing WA are able to assist with a range of Hot Water Repairs for Perth homes and businesses. Contact us today for a free quote.