Are you running out of hot water all the time? Have you noticed a drop in water pressure or strange noises coming from your hot water tank? These could be indications that it's time to replace your hot water tank. But how do you know when, and what should you do next?
Age of the Hot Water Tank
The age of a hot water tank is a key factor in determining if it needs to be replaced, and you should refer to the plate on the side of the tank to discover its age.
A burst pipe can do significant damage to your home, particularly if it's not addressed promptly. It can raise the humidity in your home and cause mould and mildew to develop. The surrounding walls, ceiling or flooring may be damaged beyond repair and require replacement, and a long-standing leak can even damage the foundations of your home. Here's an overview of the common causes and tell-tale signs of a burst pipe:
A heat pump water heater uses heat from the ambient air for water heating. It does not consume any fuel for heating, which leads to significant cost savings. However, when there is inadequate hot water, you have to use the unit's booster switch for electrical water heating. As a result, the unit consumes power to heat water and raises your electric bill. If you are buying a heat pump water heater, use these tips to reduce reliance on the booster switch and save money on water heating.
Gas water heaters are common in Australian homes because they work well, are low maintenance, and are efficient. If your gas system is failing to heat the water properly, then it is time to schedule a service call. Fortunately, most causes of poor heating are easily and quickly repaired.
1. Ignitor Failure
The ignitor is what lights the gas to produce the heat in the burner that will warm the water. Most gas heaters are controlled by an electric ignition system, so an electrical short could result in failure to ignite and heat.
A leaking household toilet leak can waste up to 60,000 litres of water in a year. Unless you're attentive, toilet leaks are hard to detect, especially if the leaks are silent. If your toilet is hard-to-flush, produces odd noises or flows continuously, you probably have a leaky toilet.
Discover the main causes of leaks in your toilet and how to resolve them.
Condensation on the Tank
Pooling water around the toilet does not necessarily indicate a plumbing leak.