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Hot water system issues!

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Do you have a hot water system that’s decided to start playing up? Perhaps its leaking? If you’re not a plumber then it’s difficult to figure out what’s actually happening inside the water system itself, you can see it’s leaking, but the reason isn’t obvious. Generally the life of a hot water system is between 10 and 12 years, so make sure you check the date of the system to ensure you shouldn’t be already thinking about replacing it. If it’s under this time period then you should investigate the problem further, as there can be a few different things wrong with it. If you hot water system is inside the house then you are probably going to have more urgency to get the problem fixed, but you should look into getting a leaking hot water system fixed as soon as possible. You don’t want to end up with a worse problem than you started with, it can be costly.


What could it be?

-Debris caught inside- sometimes small amounts of debris can get caught inside the hot water system, which can easily be flushed out.

-Faulty temperature relief valve- the function of the valve is to allow water to leak in small amounts to relieve pressure of the hot water inside the tank, but if is leaking more than normal, in large amounts, it’s not functioning correctly.

-If its leaking from the bottom it can be the element gasket- this is where all the electrical wiring. which means this should be dealt with very quickly, due to the mix of water and electrics. If the rubber gasket is old then it must be replaced by a qualified plumber.

-Temperature of the system is set too high- if you have the temperature set to too high then this will cause too much pressure on the system, so if you turn it down it should fix the problem. You are never suppose to turn the thermostat to the highest setting, remember that!

Why you don’t want to leave it too long…

If you notice that your hot water system is leaking then its not a good idea to leave it too long, depending on what the issue is, there can be varying costs.

-If you have a bad valve and leave it then the system could blow out completely and you’ll probably hear it if you’re in the house at the time. Leaving you with flooding. Replacing a faulty valve can be quite quick and easy if you catch it time, so its very important you take care of it immediately.

– Electrocution can occur if it’s the element gasket.

If you think this is all a bit much and just want to call someone who can figure it out without the safety issues, then call your local South Perth Plumber. Calling a plumber may be the most appropriate solution for those who don’t feel comfortable with plumbing issues, which is quite a lot of us.

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