Every Canberra household should have a consistent supply of hot water for their sinks, shower, cleaning dishes, and more. That is why an efficient and properly working hot water system is essential to your Canberra home.

That said, cold showers, bursts of cold water in between showering, and faucet leaks are signs that you may need to take a closer look at your hot water system plumbing.

In this report, we will give you a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about hot water system plumbing.

Hot Water System Plumbing Maintenance

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Prevention is key when it comes to issues with hot water system plumbing. In particular, maintenance of hot water systems is recommended annually.

Whether it is the pilot light, pressure relief valves, or cleaning of the tank, a professional plumber is needed. These professionals can ensure the longevity of your hot water system, avoid costly repairs, and lower your energy bill.

Simple steps in between maintenance, like checking the pressure valve or flushing your hot water tank, can also prolong the efficiency of your system.

Signs of Trouble

Over time, wear and tear can affect your hot water system. So, it is essential to get any discrepancies checked before they develop into more significant problems.

Signs of trouble can include strange noises coming from the system or a decrease in the amount of hot water available. A shortage of hot water typically indicates that there is a problem with the hot water tank, which sediment buildup, a broken heating element, or a malfunctioning thermostat could cause.

Be mindful of these warning signs and seek professional help as soon as you notice them.

When to Replace

The lifespan of a hot water system is dependent on various factors. The materials’ quality, design,  and routine maintenance, for example, can all affect their longevity.

Generally, however, you can expect a life expectancy of about 10 to 15 years. You may wonder if it is worth repairing an old system. But it is generally less expensive—not to mention more efficient—compared to when you replace it entirely.

In short, if you find yourself regularly needing plumbing repairs, it may be worthwhile to consider replacing hot water systems entirely.


When installing a hot water system for the first time, it is essential to choose the right one. Factors to consider include energy efficiency, the number of people in the household, and the climate.

A hot water system that is too small for your needs will not meet your household's demands. However, a system that is too large may cycle on and off constantly, leading to shorter unit life expectancy.

Consult a hot water system plumbing professional for an estimate of the cost and to guide you toward the best option to suit your household needs.

Contact Level Plumbing Canberra Services!

For all of your hot water system plumbing needs, Level Plumbing Canberra is a full-service provider. We have experienced plumbers who can guide you through installing or replacing a hot water system and any plumbing repairs needed afterwards.

We also offer preventative maintenance services that will ensure the efficiency and longevity of your hot water system. Contact us at 6188 6088 for a consultation and get your hot water system plumbing back on track!