Sick of Cold Showers and High Energy Bills? Here’s What to Do

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As plumbing systems evolve, the problems that go hand in hand with them evolve too. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that complex problems must have complex solutions as that isn’t always the case.

Take the top hot water problems that plague Australian citizens for example: no hot water or limited hot water. Who knows, the solution to many of these problem may just be found in the different types of hot water service Melbourne has on offer.

Today we’ll be breaking down the two most common problems associated with hot water systems and how to go about solving them. You’ll be given a brief run down on how to tell when it’s time to call in a professional and what hot water problems can be solved DIY style.

Hot Water Just Doesn’t Get Hot  

A very obvious sign that something is wrong with your hot water system is when you’re not getting any hot water at all. There are many possible causes of this, but usually it’s one of these four that are the culprits: thermostat issues, sediment build up, broken dip tubes or a dire case of old age.

Thermostat issues

Plenty of times, your water heater thermostat is simply set to too low a temperature to adequately heat water. According to the Plumbing Code of Australia, hot water systems must be kept at temps of no less than 60°C.

This ruling is not only to ensure that you’re the recipient of steamy hot showers but also to prevent dangerous bacteria like Legionella from forming.

You can easily adjust the temperature of your water system yourself, but if you aren’t confident in your abilities rather call in a hot water plumber Melbourne can provide.

Sediment Buildup

Those with tankless water heaters can skip this one, as it won’t apply to them. However, if you DO have a hot water tank, sediment build up may be the exact reason why you never seem to have hot water.

Sediment is essentially a buildup of rust and hard minerals & its presence in your water tank can prevent the water inside from reaching the temperature the thermostat is set to.

You can get rid of sediment buildup yourself, although it is a complex and dirty job, so you may want to consider calling in a pro for this task.

Dip Tube Problems

If your water heater is old, your lack of hot water could be attributed to a faulty dip tube. Essentially, a dip tube circulates water around the tank to ensure that the cold water at the top of the tank can be moved to the bottom of the tank for heating.

If your dip tube is broken, the cold water won’t be heated up. It’s as simple as that! And thankfully, this simple problem has a simple solution: replace the dip tube.

This task is extremely DIY friendly and detailed instructions on dip tube replacing can be found all over the internet.

Old Age

It’s not uncommon for hot water systems to just up and die one day for seemingly no reason. However, there is a reason for this and that is simply because your hot water system has reached its last legs & is too old or worn out to function properly.

Hot water systems have a typical lifespan of 10 years, with higher end models lasting up to 15. So sometimes your cause for no hot water is cause for a new hot water system altogether.

The installation of a new hot water system is delicate business that requires expertise and in-depth knowledge & therefore is a task reserved for certified plumbers only. 

Hot Water Runs Out Quickly

The only time you should ever settle for a cold shower is when you’re out on a family camping trip in the middle of nowhere, definitely not first thing in the morning before you head of to work. Is it even possible to drink your morning coffee through chattering teeth?

Thankfully, the cause of this problem is almost always one thing: your water heater is simply too small for your household’s needs.

When your water heater can’t keep up with the hot water your household demands, it’s time to replace it with a bigger, better, system that can. This is a job for a specialised hot water plumber as they’ll be able to handle all aspects of the installation from recycling your old model to training you on the ins and outs of your new system.

Final Thoughts

At this point, you should have a pretty good idea of what the cause of your hot water problem is and how to go about fixing it. If your problem calls for the services of a hot water plumber Melbourne has loads for you to choose from and if your problem has an easy DIY fix, then put on your plumbing pants & get to work!

When it comes to hot water service Melbourne residents often decide that having a routine maintenance plan in order is the best course of action. After all, why wait for hot water problems to arise and fix them in a state of emergency? Early detection saves you from being the victim of ice-cold showers.

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