Autumn has kicked in and we have already started to experience a temperature drop as the cooler nights begin to set in. While cold showers are actually fun during the hot summer months, it’s a different story altogether as the weather begins to change.
As emergency plumbers in Sydney we receive hundreds of calls for hot water repair and replacement during this time of the year, largely because homeowners don’t know why they are getting no hot water or very little hot water all of a sudden.
To help you deal with such hot water emergency plumbing situations, we have complied a list of tasks that you can run through yourself to ensure your hot water system is ready to roll in the winters.
1. Turn up the thermostat
As the outside temperature drops your heater needs to work harder to heat the significantly colder water flowing in. The most obvious way to ensure you are getting enough water to fulfill your household hot water needs is to slightly increase the temperature at which the water is being heated.
Be cautious not to turn up the temperature too high as it can cause scalding in children and elderly. The Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends setting the hot water temperature not above 49 degrees Celsius to avoid the risk of burning.
2. Insulate water heater and pipes
If the pipes travelling to and from the heater are running through cold spaces, by the time the water reaches your tap or your shower, it would already be not as hot as you would like it to be.
Insulating the pipes will help keep the water heated as it flows through the pipes to the tap. Also consider insulating the hot water tank by investing in a water heater jacket to prevent energy loss as a result of outside temperature drop.
3. Check the water heater for damage or sediment buildup
Sometimes the outside temperature is not the only culprit causing your water to remain cold despite heating it up. Sediment buildup at the base of the water heater may reduce its efficiency and take longer to heat. You may also want to check the heater for possible leaks that may be affecting its performance.
4. Check your water heater label for date
While hot water systems are one of the most important appliances to have in our homes, they are often taken for granted unless something goes wrong. Most people tend to ignore regular maintenance, until they are hit with a cold shower one winter morning. Brrrr. We know the story all too well.
Before the winter kicks in, make sure you check the water heater label to see if your system is reaching it's final days. Most systems last 10 to 12 years. Anything longer than that is borrowed time
If your system is older than 10 years, it’s better to go for a hot water replacement than a hot water repair.
We hope these tips will help you enjoy a steady supply of hot water during the autumn and winter season. If you are looking for Hot water emergency plumbing services, feel free to get in touch with us!
We are emergency plumbers in Sydney and serve the following suburbs: Northern shore, Northern beaches, Eastern suburbs, Hills district, Inner West, Western Sydney, Southern Sydney, Parramatta and surrounding suburbs.
Call us today for an obligation-free quote at 1300 663 468.