Hot water is one thing that many people take for granted, sdespite the fact that approximately 11% of the world’s population still doesn’t have access to improved quality water.
I the western world we’re accustomed to turning on the tap and getting hot water, so what do you do when the hot water isn’t there?
At the least it’s inconvenient. But, the good news is that you can take steps to ensure you know when to replace your hot water system, preventing you from ever running out!
The first thing to consider is the age of the hot water system. On average they will last from 8-12 years. Therefore if your system is at the upper end of this scale or past it you should consider replacing it. In effect, it’s living on borrowed time.
The next thing you can and should do every year is have your hot water system inspected maintained. This will ensure it is working at peak efficiency.
A side-effect of this is that you’ll save money on your energy bills and extend the life of the system because it will be under less stress when operating.
A qualified professional will also be able to advise you regarding any issues that are likely to occur soon. This will allow you to prepare for them financially and have the unit repaired before you lose hot water.
Another clue that your hot water system is running out of time is when you notice there are several leaks in the tank or the surrounding pipes. This suggests it is under too much stress and is starting to break. Leaks allow water out and air in, increasing the likelihood of corrosion inside the tank and potentially causing a catastrophic failure.
If your hot water system starts to make funny noises then you need to have it checked quickly. Noises can be a result of air in the pipes. But, they can also be a sign that your hot water system is struggling and needs to be replaced.
It’s best to get an expert opinion on this before you do anything else.
Reduced Hot Water
Perhaps one of the most obvious signs that your hot water system is struggling is when you’re not getting hot water. If the water comes out cold, not as warm as usual, or goes hot and cold, then you have an issue with your system.
You’ll need professional help to evaluate the issue and find out if the system can be repaired or not.
Don’t forget that even if you’re hot water system is currently working well, there are many more efficient systems available. You may simply wish to change your system to one that is more environmentally friendly, solar-powered water heaters are becoming exceptionally popular.
These are also easier to maintain, making them a great investment for the future.
But, whatever your current system, being aware of the signs that you may have a problem will help you to prevent finding yourself without hot water.