With your taps and water-using appliances such as the dishwasher and washing machine connected to hot water, you know the inconvenience that a malfunctioning water heater can cause in your home. Unfortunately, hot water system problems can occur at any time, even if your water heater is properly looked after.
Here are a few common water heater problems that Australians experience in their homes.
1. Water Heater Leaks
A leak in your hot water system not only wastes precious water but can also cause serious water damage to your house. If the leaking water comes into contact with electrical components of the home, it can cause electrocution or even a fire accident.
Some common places where hot water leaks can arise include the water storage tank, temperature and pressure relief valve (TPRV) and the pipes that supply water to your taps and appliances.
If you see water pooling on the floor under your water heater, you should turn OFF the appliance and call for repair service right away.
2. Unusual Water Heater Sounds
A normally functioning water heater should provide quiet operation. If yours produces louder-than-usual noises during operation, it is important to investigate the source of these noises and seek professional repair service if necessary.
Left unchecked, the noises can make your water heater go completely silent, leaving you without hot water in times of need.
3. Fluctuating Water Temperatures
A water heater that can't maintain the desired water temperature should be checked and repaired immediately. The usual culprit behind this problem is a faulty water heater thermostat, so that's where you should start troubleshooting.
If your thermostat settings are correct yet your water is too hot or too cold, then you may need a new thermostat.
4. Insufficient Hot Water
If you're getting hot water in your home but it's not enough for everyone, this is an indication that your current water heater can no longer keep up with your household demand for hot water.
Unfortunately, this problem has no easy and inexpensive fix. You'll need to upgrade your hot water system to match your increased household hot water demand.
Don't let hot water system problems take your joy away. Watch out for early signs of water heater issues and have them investigated as soon as possible. Hot water plumbers have seen it all and can help repair any issue you may face with your water heater, no matter how big or small.
Contact a local plumber to learn more about hot water system repair.