On the inside with Eze-Flow Plumbing: Is your hot water system failing you?
Many of us rarely think about our hot waters systems. Day in day out, we turn on our hot water taps and are rewarded with piping hot water without even having to think about it….until we start getting cold water. When problems do occur, a little knowledge and good maintenance may be all that is required to get your hot water system working again.
We checked in with Top 3 Local Area Choice plumber and hot water specialist, Chris Smith from EZE-Flow Plumbing to discover the signs of a failing hot water systems and how to better maintain it.
The age of your hot water system matters
Chris tells us that hot water systems should last at least a decade, with some making it to the ripe old age of 35 years, but if they are going to fail, it will most likely be during winter.
“It’s true, Hot Water Systems keep us busy during winter because they are working harder at keeping your water hot. There is more strain on the components, and the older they are, the more likely they are to fail.”
Stainless steel systems won’t rust out and should give you a solid 12 years of service, says Chris.
Hot water system maintenance is important
Chris goes on to say that you can do some maintenance to keep a system in peak working condition for longer.
“Every five years, you can replace the TPR safety valve and the anode. This will prolong the life of the unit. If your plumber asks to do a safety inspection, you should take them up on their offer.
Safety inspections pick up on faults, which will give you some time to start saving for a hot water repair or replacement“.
Signs your hot water system is about to fail you
Chris tells us that rusty coloured, or yellow water coming out of the taps, hot water running out quicker than it should, and visible signs of rust are all indicative of a system on the brink of failure.
Chris’s tips on what to do if you suddenly find yourself without hot water include checking the fuse box to make sure the circuit hasn’t tripped, check that the gas is turned on, and the pilot light hasn’t gone out if you have gas systems.
If these don’t work, Chris says to give him a call at EZE-Flow Plumbing. Chris provides a portable unit so you can get back to warm showers until a full replacement can be installed.
Advice on gas hot water systems
Chris mentions that a lot of his customers are making the switch to gas because of electricity price hikes. Gas Hot Water Systems come in two flavours: storage, and instant.
Of course, says Chris, there are pros and cons to each system.
“A storage hot water system will always have hot water because it doesn’t need the power to ignite. But you will still use the same amount of gas even if you head out for a week.”
“A Gas instantaneous HWS is the most efficient option because gas is only used when a tap is turned on. It does need power for ignition, though. If the power goes out, you won’t have any access to hot water.”
Chris says he always recommends Rinnai as the best in gas Hot Water System.
Safety protocols with your hot water system
The safety protocols for new hot water systems in 2008 says that they must have a Tempering Valve to limit temperatures to 50 C. This is a protective measure to ensure people don’t receive severe burns from hot water – which is especially important when there are small children or elderly in the house. Most gas instantaneous systems have a built-in chip to limit temperatures.
About Chris Smith from Eze-Flow Plumbing, servicing Sydney’s Northern Beaches to North Shore
Local plumber and hot water specialist, Chris Smith from Eze – Flow Plumbing is backed with 10 years of plumbing experience. Together with his partner, Marissa, who supports the project operations side of the business, we found they made for a winning combination.
The motto of Eze – Flow Plumbing is “Maintaining the Flow,” and they do exactly that!
Chris operates on a fixed-price system, which means no “hidden charges”. They specialise in plumbing maintenance and 24/7 emergency plumbing services including: Blocked drains, hot water systems, burst pipes, leaking taps and more. Why not contact Chris now?
Check out Chris’s Top 3 Local Business Pick profile right here.
Visit Chris today at: www.eze-flowplumbing.com.au
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