Let’s be honest, your hot water system isn’t something that you think about regularly. Most of us will go about our day-to-day lives, enjoying hot water without giving it a second thought. The only time it might cross our mind is when we step into a cold shower or notice that the system isn’t performing at its best.
At that moment, it can be easy to make the rushed, irrational decision of replacing the entire system. But this isn’t always the only option; a plumber may be able to give you alternative solutions that will save you a lot of money. So, before you make a rash decision, here are 5 things to know before you replace your hot water system.
1: The Age of Your Current System
The average lifespan of a water heater is between 8 and 12 years, and the quality of the water in your area and the number of residents in your property can also have an impact on this. If your boiler is more than 10 years old, there is a high possibility that the full system will need replacing to prevent further issues from arising.
2. If There are Signs of Rust and Corrosion
When performing a visual inspection of the tank, are there any signs of rust and corrosion? This will occur most commonly at both the top and bottom and could indicate a leak in the system. In some circumstances, this could be resolved by tightening the fixings but more often than not, the system will need replacing.
3: Strange Noises Coming from the System
After some time, strange noises could start to come from your hot water system, particularly when heating the water. This could indicate a number of issues. Resolution ranges from the basic servicing of a valve to the replacement of the whole hot water system.
4: Inconsistent Water Temperature and Pressure
A common problem with hot water systems is an inconsistency in water temperature and pressure. With a range of possible causes, the problem could be rectified through minor repairs instead of a full replacement. In these instances, a call out from a plumber will be less costly than a new system.
5: A Change in Water Quality
If you notice a change in the appearance, taste or smell of your water, this could mean that there is a build-up of sediment or corrosion in the tank. In most cases, this will result in a full replacement however a plumber will be able to provide an accurate diagnosis.
Is it Time to Consult with the Experts?
As you can see, there are many reasons why your gas hot water system isn’t working optimally. The best way to diagnose the problem is by asking the experts. For an open and honest service, choose J&T Dale Plumbing. We ensure fast diagnosis and minimal downtime, so you’ll never be left short. With you in mind, we check everything and only advise a new gas hot water system installation if absolutely necessary. Get in touch today.