Hot water is an essential provision for all Australian homes — it is simply something that people cannot do without. Whether you are bathing, washing clothes, or cleaning the house, hot and clean water makes performing these tasks easier, more effective or more comfortable and enjoyable.
But as with just about any system, your hot water system at home can break down unexpectedly, and this can certainly throw your regular routine off schedule.
You can minimise the disruption caused by a faulty hot water system by paying close attention to the warning signs and contacting your trusted local plumbers as soon as possible to assess the situation.
There are a number of clues that could tell you that you need hot water repair (Melbourne) right away. Here is a brief list to guide you:
No water (hot or not) is coming out of the tap
The problem may be isolated to a single hot water tap, so you can check the other hot water taps around the house first. Check the cold water taps as well. If no water, hot or cold, is coming out, then the mains supply tap may be turned off. If it is on and there’s still no water coming out, it’s best to call your local plumbers.
There is water running from the tap, but it’s not hot
There are a few possible reasons for the lack of hot water. If you use gas appliances in your home, the gas supply may already be running low. Alternatively, the pilot light on the hot water system itself may be turned off. It’s also possible that the circuit breaker has been tripped.
There are strange noises coming out of the hot water tank
The most common culprit with this issue is sediment buildup. This issue can sometimes be resolved by flushing the tank, but if you do this and the noise continues, ask your plumbers to take a look at the tank.
The hot water tank is leaking water
A leaking tank should be fixed only by a professional plumber. While waiting for him to arrive, you can turn off the gas (if you have a gas system) or the switchboard in your house (if you have an electric system), and then try to determine where the leak is coming from.
The outlet valve is leaking water
Water coming out of the T&P valve is a typical sight and is quite normal. However, there shouldn’t be too much water, and the flow shouldn’t be constant.
Contact your local plumbers so that hot water can be restored to your home as soon as possible.