TIPS TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR WATER HEATER AND SAVE MONEY ON YOUR ENERGY BILLS
How often should I get my hot water heater serviced?
Your hot water heater should be serviced every five years. If longer, your manufacturers warranty may be deemed void.
Our qualified service technicians can undertake a full service of your hot water system in about 30 – 45 minutes. This is a small price to pay for peace of mind and hassle free hot water usage.
Importantly, your hot water heater should be serviced and repaired only by a fully qualified tradesperson. Don’t risk voiding the warranty of this expensive appliance.
The service of your hot water heater by a qualified technician will increase the life of the cylinder, which can save you money and inconvenience.
What hot water heater is the cheapest to run?
Does you frequently run out of hot water? Does it take too long for your current hot water heater to heat up again?
Some systems heat up again very quickly, however, usually they are not very energy efficient and hundreds of dollars could be added to your energy bill could. It is possible to have a hot water system that ticks all the boxes of fast hot water recovery and being economical.
Why don’t I have hot water?
Our checklist below will help you determine why you may not have hot water.
STEP 1 – Is the electricity turned on? Make sure the isolating switch (usually located on your electricity switchboard) is switched on. Then make sure the hot water switch, usually next to the isolating switch, is also on.
STEP 2 – Check that the fuse marked ‘water heater’ (or similar) has not blown and is OK.
STEP 3 – If your hot water heater has a power cord, check that it is plugged into the socket, and turned on at the power point.
STEP 4 – If your hot water heater has a timer attached, make sure it’s on and has been given enough time to heat up the water.
STEP 5 – Check that your energy tariff provides sufficient time to reheat your hot water tank to meet the hot water needs of your household.
STEP 6 – Monitor how much hot water your household uses, to make sure you are not exhausting your supply. Consult us about low flow tap valves and energy saving shower heads. You can also purchase a cheap waterproof timer or clock and install it in your shower to keep track of usage.
STEP 7 – Check the temperature relief valve on your water heater is not discharging too much water. Excessive amounts of water may be diminishing your hot water supply, normally only a small amount of water is discharged during the heating cycle.
STEP 8 – Speak to us about checking your hot water heaters thermostat setting to make sure it is correct for your household. It is important that the temperature is not so hot that it scolds.
Where is my hot water heater’s temperature relief valve?
All hot water heaters have a temperature relief valve. As water heats up, it expands and pressure is created. The relief valve’s role is to relieve any pressure that may build up by allowing it to escape, and thus protecting the tank.
It is normal for a small amount of water to discharge from the relief valve during the water heating cycle, however, if this amount fills a bucket within a 24 hour period, it may indicate that there is a problem with your system. We suggest you contact us to inspect your tank.
If there is a continuous dribble of water from your hot water tank (not just during the heating cycle), there may be a small particle of foreign material blocking the relief valve. To amend this, try gently easing the relief valve lever for a few seconds. This may dislodge the foreign material and clear the blockage. Then lower the lever gently. If the water continues to dribble, contact us for more troubleshooting advice.
In the case of a steady flow of water coming from your relief vale, it may be that the water mains pressure is rising above the pressure designed for your hot water tanks relief valve. This problem usually happens at night. If this is the case, contact us and we can install a pressure limiting valve. Note that the relief valve should never be replaced with one of a higher pressure rating.
What should I consider when buying a new hot water heater?
When buying a new hot water system there are three important things to consider:
A new hot water system is an investment in your future. It’s very important to us to ensure your new hot water system ticks all three boxes. With over 20+ years experience, you can rest easy knowing you will have worry-free, trouble-free hot water for many years to come. We sell, install, repair and service the major hot water brands including Rheem, Solahart, Dux, Aquamax, Rinnai, Apricus, Vulcan, Everhot and many more.
We are the Sydney’s hot water specialists and know everything about hot water systems. Contact us for obligation free assistance and advice on 8094 1279.
What are the benefits of switching to solar hot water?
With Australia’s temperate climate and sunny weather, it’s an easy choice to harness the free energy source and heat your hot water.
With solar energy you pay less than conventional electric/gas water heaters, and your are playing a role in reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Solahart have been in a the solar hot water business for 60 years and we are authorised installers of their fantastic products.
Australian law states that the internal temperature of a hot water heater must be set at 70 degrees celsius. This temperature is hot enough to kill harmful bacteria and cool enough to prevent scolding.
We recommend that you call in an experienced tradesman to adjust your hot water thermostat as there is a risk of electrocution, and also the potential to damage your hot water heater and void your warranty.
A tempering valve will reduce the risk of hot water scalding
When your hot water heater has been set too high, there is a greater risk of a scalding accident. Our experienced tradesmen can install a tempering valve to the hot water pipe running to your bathroom(s) which will keep the hot water temperature coming out of the taps below 50 degrees celsius. This reduces the risk of scalding, but still allows the hotter water from the hot water system to flow to the kitchen and laundry.
Should I switch off your hot water heater before going on holidays?
The most frequently asked question we encounter at this time of year is “Should I turn off my hot water heater when I go on holidays?”. Afterall, why keep your water heater switched on, heating hot water that no-one is using, wasting electricity and gas while no-one is home.
Before switching off your water heater, consider the following:
- How long will you be away?
- Is your water heater old?
- Where is your water heater located?
- Has your water heater been installed correctly?
Contact us for advice on how to on how to care for your water heater
Did you know that you risk voiding your water heater warranty if it isn’t installed or repaired by a qualified hot water service technician?
We install hundreds of hot water systems each year in North Shore homes, strata units, retirement villages and businesses and are authorised service technicians for all leading brands hot water including:
All our work is carried out by trained and qualified hot water service tradespeople – we DO NOT employ sub-contractors or outsource to unskilled workers.