For most homeowners, it is part of everyday living to have hot water always running and available. From frequent hand washing, showers, baths, to laundry, cooking and dish washing, you could end up using hot water at a temperature of your choice, up to 20 times a day, thanks to the hot water systems.
However, at some point of time, you are bound to see certain signs of needing a hot water heater replacement. Whether it’s due to excessive use or the age of your tank, hot water systems – even the brands of the highest quality – have a lifespan of approximately 10 years, depending on usage and other factors.
A majority of the hot water heaters can manage to function well, they normally last between 8 to 10 years. While 10 years is the time at which it is recommended that you replace it by most manufacturers, you should install a new unit before this timeline, regardless of whether the heater is showing symptoms or not. Once a decade has passed from the hot water system’s date of manufacture, a replacement is highly recommended. If you have a hot water heater older than that and it’s still working you have done well.
While annual maintenance services can help prolong the life of your hot water system, chances are that you will need to replace the tank that you’re currently using, if you’ve been occupying a given residence for eight years or more. As a homeowner, you should be aware of the signs that tell you when it is time for a hot water unit replacement, as listed below:
- rust on the tank or the water
- failure to heat water
- No hot water
Remember, the life expectancy of up to 10 years is not applicable to all hot water heaters. Gas water heaters last only up to six to eight years, as a general rule. When your hot water heater fails to provide some degree of warmth, this issue must be corrected immediately to make certain that each member of the household is able to get hot water when they need it.
If your hot water system is showing signs of any problems and you want to know whether it needs a replacement or just a small fix, Alderbrook Plumbing’s team can provide the best advice. After you call or contact us, we will be there as quickly as we can, to carry out the repair or recommend a replacement, as necessary. We know the best brands, models and sizes of hot water systems that will suit your residence and all your needs. This comes from 30 years of experience in the business.
Also, you can monitor the number of times your system needs to be repaired in one year. If it has been fixed more than 2 times a year, this may be a sign or a red flag that you need a replacement. Instead of continuing to spend money on repairs, you should arrange a quote for a new installation and compare that to the ongoing repair bills.
Contact us to schedule a hot water heater maintenance, repair or replacement call or if you need a professional on next steps. Alderbrook Plumbing has serviced homes across the South East of Mebourne with emergency plumbing, for more than 30 years. We always make sure that our focus is to provide excellent service and prompt professional plumbing advice and work. Our technicians are friendly, skilled, and certified to handle any plumbing issues including your hot water system.
We service Dingley Village, Springvale, Noble Park, Braeside, Carrum Downs, Aspendale Gardens, Keysborough, Bangholme, Dandenong and surrounding areas.