Your hot water system is one of the most important, most used, and most expensive appliances in your home, however most of the time it doesn’t get the attention it needs. We always remember to book our car for a service, but have you thought about your hot water heater in the same way?

As we don’t necessarily see our hot water systems on a regular basis (as most systems are located outside), most of the time they are neglected and not looked after properly. However, there are some easy steps you can take to extend the life of your hot water system, and ensure it is running efficiently to save money on your energy bills.

For efficiency and the longevity of your hot water heater, it is recommended that it is checked over every 6-12 months and serviced at least every 5 years. On most hot water heaters, your warranty may be void if you do not service your tank every 5 years.

Here is a summary of the recommended hot water maintenance schedule

  • Check the temperature output from the tempering valve every 6 months. All tempering valves should be set at 50°C to prevent scalding. Replace the tempering valve every 5 years.
  • Replace the temperature/pressure-relief valve every 5 years to prevent rupturing of the tank.
  • Replace the sacrificial anode every 5 years to prevent internal corroding of the tank.

Other factors can also contribute to how often a service or repairs are required for your hot water system, including usage, location of the tank and general wear and tear. However, regular maintenance of your hot water system, regardless of the type of tank or brand, will result in increased efficiency of your hot water heater and will extend the life of your tank, saving you money.

Here are some of the main warning signs that you should look out for if your hot water heater needs some attention:

  • Your hot water heater hasn’t been serviced in the last 5 years
  • A loud or noisy hot water system
  • Discoloured water coming from your hot water taps
  • The hot water tank is leaking
  • The temperature of your hot water fluctuates
  • Increased household demand for an extended period
  • No hot water

If you notice any of the above signs, it is time to book a plumber for a service of your hot water heater. It is important to have your hot water system serviced every 5 years to ensure all valves are working correctly and ensure the safety of your family.

If your hot water is 5 years or older, book a hot water inspection by one of our dedicated Hot Water System experts, at the all-inclusive price of only $258.00.