The hot water heater is a device that few people think about in their home until it needs repair. All too often, it’s the sign of a water leak or lack of hot water because of a faulty heat pump that starts the maintenance process. If you have a hot water solar heater, gas or standard version, Noosa Sunshine Coast plumbers can take a few steps to ensure that it is running properly all the time.
Get the Right Size Water Heater
A water heater that is too small means you run out of hot water quickly. A water heater that is too large means your utility bill will rise sharply in heating up water that will take far longer to use. Assess the proper size you need and have that installed. This will save you money and reduce maintenance bills.
Have the Water Heater Properly Installed
Although most water heaters are fairly straightforward to install, unless you are a licensed plumber it is best to have a professional do the job. This means that potential mistakes are avoided which otherwise might lead to issues that arise soon after the heater has been installed. Emergency plumbing is available if you have a problem.
Conduct Regular Inspections
This is not as difficult as it may appear. Every couple of weeks or once per month, take a look at your water heater.
- Check for leaks
- Look for any changes, especially around the connections and joints
- Check the gauges
If you have your smartphone, take a photo of the water heater when you first get it and compare the image to what you see today. This will help in noticing any buildup of rust or other issues that might be just starting. Considering that a typical inspection will take from 30 seconds to a minute if nothing is wrong, that type of time investment is well worth the effort, especially if you do spot an issue.
Notice Any Changes & Ask Your Plumber
Basically, if you hear any usual noises, if the water is taking longer to heat up, or if you smell anything unusual around the heater, then you should take notice. If you have a maintenance plan set up with your local plumber or dealer, then you can give them a call and they will check it out.
Replace Old Water Heaters
Even the best, most well-maintained water heaters will not last forever. You should think about replacing your hot water heater every 12 to 15 years or so depending on its size and usage. Make your decision after the next scheduled maintenance by a professional to get a complete evaluation. It’s a lot cheaper to replace a water heater that is still running fine compared to one that has sprung a leak or broken down.
For Noosa Sunshine Coast residents, having a well-maintained hot water solar heater, heat pump, or standard hot water heater can save money in the long run. Regular inspection combined with scheduled maintenance may avoid a large repair bill. So, take the time to ensure that your hot water heater is running properly, and it will take care of you and your family. Contact Stu from Ocean plumbing and Gas services.