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Gas hot water systems

When you consider that hot water usage accounts for one-quarter (or more) of your household’s energy expenditure, imagine how much a defective system is costing you!
Act now as defects could be increasing utility and water bills
So, what are your options?

  • Do some simple troubleshooting (or just skip straight to step 2 if you’re not a DIY’er)
  • Have a plumber repair the hot water unit
  • Have a plumber replace the entire hot water system

Simple DIY Troubleshooting

A handy person with time to spare can easily take care of a few important hot water system tasks to try to get them functioning again.

Step 1: Confirm you have a gas hot water system.

A gas hot water system has a manufacturer’s blue star rating sticker that says ‘gas’ and has three pipes.

(FYI – An electric hot water system has a manufacturer’s sticker that states ‘electric’ and has two pipes are coming into/going out of the unit.)

Step 2: Troubleshoot a gas hot water unit

  • Hot water is cold, cool or when the temperature is fluctuating
  • There is a leak from the bottom of the tank
  • Rusty water is leaking from the hot water system or is coming out of the taps
  • You smell sulphur or “rotten eggs” around the hot water unit
  • A leak from a valve (=tap) and/or pipe that enters/exits the unit

If there’s a leak, you need to stop it to prevent water damage or damage to the tank unit if it’s allowed to run dry.

Repair or Replace?

Consider this:

An average hot water system will only lasts 8 to 12 years if it hasn’t been maintained properly.

If your system has been regularly maintained – you may get as much as 25 years of service!

But DO consider replacement instead of repair if:

  • Your gas hot water system is over 10 years old. Its efficiency deteriorates by 50% and your running costs will be much higher than they should be – and who needs that!
  • You have an old system and simply want to save money with a more energy-efficient unit.

Book our friendly team today to discover Pipe Perfection Plumbers’ difference.