Your hot water system is crucial for your health and comfort, as well as your family. So, what can you do to make sure that it is running properly, and reduce the chances of it failing unexpectedly? 

We are sharing with you our top 5 Hot Water System maintenance tips today so you can show your system a bit of love so it not only works more efficiently but also prolongs its life.

Let’s begin!

Tip #1: Regularly inspect your system for cracks or wears.

a Canberra plumber tightening a nut on a hot water heater

Choose your desired date or day of inspection. And every month, go and check your hot water system from top to bottom. Look for cracks, wear, or water leakage. It will only take you about 5 minutes or so. 

Honestly, it does not matter even if it takes an hour because doing so can save you from wasting costly water system issues as it lets you deal with small problems before they get worse.

Tip #2: Turn your tank system off if you are going to be away for a while.

If you are only going to be away for a week or so, no need to turn off your tank system. However,  if you are leaving for more than three weeks or longer, then it is best to switch it off. 

Here’s why.

Leaving your water system on will continue to heat your water even though you are not using it. It extends the life of your system as well as saves you in gas or electricity.

Tip #3: Inspect the relief valve

You will need the manual that came with your tank (or Google your system and find it online if you do not have it) to do this correctly. The relief valve is designed to relieve excess pressure, so it must be working properly.

Do this monthly or as often as possible.

Tip #4: Be careful with gardening work around your system.

If your system is located in a grassy area, be extra careful when you are doing garden maintenance. A whipper snipper, for example, can do a lot of damage to the pipes if used carelessly. Heavy bumps from the mower can cause cracks or dents, too.

That said, just be extra careful when you are working in the area.

Tip #5: Get yearly professional services.

Do not wait until there is a problem, which could end up being costly. Organise with your local plumber to have your system checked and serviced once a year, at least.

A professional will be able to pinpoint any potential issues before they get worse. Professional plumbers can help you ensure that your system is running as efficiently as possible.

It is also a good idea to replace the sacrificial node every five years, as this can corrode and cause issues with your hot water cylinder. Speak to any Level Plumbing representative about this if you have not had it replaced in the last five years.

As always, if you are not sure about anything related to your hot water system or you are not confident doing some of these maintenance jobs yourself, our team of plumbers here at Level Plumbing Canberra is more than happy to help.

Give us a call now at (02) 6188 6088.