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7 Signs Your Hot Water System Needs A Service

Has your hot water system started to make strange noises? Is the water coming from your hot water taps cloudy? Has it been more than 12 months since your hot water system was professionally serviced? If you answered yes to any of these questions it’s time to book your hot water heater in for a professional service.

Regular maintenance will ensure that your hot water system is running efficiently and prevent small problems from developing into major repairs. If your hot water heater needs a service call Sun City Hot Water & Plumbing on 1300 728 122 for reliable hot water services at great prices! In the meantime, read on for 7 signs your hot water system needs professional maintenance.

1) Hot Water Is Cloudy Or Discoloured

If the water coming from your hot water outlets is cloudy or discoloured it could be an indication that your hot water system needs professional maintenance. In a storage hot water system, sediment will naturally build up over time due to the minerals in the water. Sediment buildup can be easily cleaned by a hot water professional if not left for too long.

However, if the sediment in your tank is not regularly cleared it can harden and cause serious damage to your hot water system.

2) Water Takes Longer To Heat Up

Another sign that your hot water system may have a sediment build up, and require professional maintenance, is when it starts to take longer for the water to heat up. This is because the sediment will build up at the bottom of the tank where the main heating element is, decreasing the efficiency of the element.

Alternatively, a hot water system that is taking longer to heat up water could also be an indication that one or both of the heating elements in your hot water system need replacing.

3) No Hot Water

One obvious sign that your hot water system needs professional attention is when it can no longer consistently produce hot water. If your hot water system is regularly failing to produce hot water you should contact your local hot water professional.

Before you call in a professional it’s important to first consider the circumstances surrounding the lack of hot water. For example, if you currently have house guests staying with you or if someone has just had an unusually long shower, they may have used up all of the hot water in the tank. However, if you can’t pinpoint a cause for your lack of hot water, or if you are constantly running out of hot water, book your hot water heater in for a service as the heating element or thermostat may be faulty.

4) Hot Water System Is Making Strange Noises

When your hot water heater starts to make unusual noises, such as a rumbling, cracking or popping sound, it is a clear sign that there is something wrong with the system. A noisy hot water heater can be a difficult problem to diagnose on your own, however, it’s always best to call a professional as soon as possible to avoid having a minor problem turn into a major repair.

5) Water Isn’t Getting As Hot As It Used To

If the hot water from your hot water tank isn’t getting as hot as it used to, book your hot water heater in for professional maintenance. Your hot water specialist will ensure that your hot water system is running as efficiently as possible and advise you on any problems or damage to the system.

For example, one reason that your hot water may not be as hot as it used to be is if the top element in the hot water system is damaged or faulty. Another cause of lukewarm water coming from your hot water outlets could be a change in outdoor temperature. This is because, if your water tank is not well insulated, colder air temperatures can cause additional heat loss through the sides of the tank, preventing the water inside from reaching the set temperature.

6) Hot Water Runs Out Quickly

Another sign that your hot water system needs professional attention is when the hot water starts to run out very quickly. As mentioned earlier, most hot water heaters will have two heating elements; one at the bottom of the tank and one near the top. If your hot water has started to run out more quickly than normal it is likely that the lower heating element is damaged or broken.

This means that the water in the top of the tank is being heated by the top heating element, however, once the heated water at the top of the tank has been used up, your hot water will run out causing your hot water outlets to run cold.

7) Last Service Was Over A Year Ago

Finally, if the last time your hot water heater was professionally serviced was over a year ago it is a dead give away that your hot water system is in need of maintenance.

Whether your hot water heater is making strange noises, producing discoloured water or no hot water at all, Sun City Hot Water & Plumbing has got you covered. Specialising in hot water services for over 20 years, Sun City is your one-stop-shop for hot water services. From competitively priced installations to repairs and spare parts, we do it all! Give us a call on 1300 728 122 for all of your hot water needs.

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