What to do when the water runs cold

It’s the kind of thing nightmares are made of. Rolling out of bed after your alarm on a cold and dark morning, stumbling to the bathroom, turning on the shower and…icicles. Yep, the pain of a broken hot water system is definitely more intense on those winter mornings.

What to do if your hot water system is broken?

If you have a gas hot water system, the first thing you should do is check the pilot light is on. Similarly, if you have an electric hot water system, check that your power is running first and check your circuit box.

Once you’ve eliminated these potential problems, the safest thing to do is call out a plumber. Jahli Plumbing is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0406 008 985. We can confirm that your hot water system is broken and recommend the best options for your property and lifestyle for a replacement system.

For example, if you currently have an electric hot water system, you may like to consider converting to a gas hot water system if gas is available to your property. Gas hot water systems are more efficient and have lower running costs.

If you have an older gas hot water system, needing to replace your hot water heater is an excellent opportunity to upgrade to an instantaneous system. By having an instantaneous hot water system, you’ll never run out of hot water again – no matter how long your other family members take having their showers!

Which hot water systems do we recommend?

At Jahli Plumbing, we only install Rheem hot water systems and Rinnai instantaneous hot water systems. We strongly believe that these quality brands provide excellent value for money with more reliable performance and better warranty periods.

Once you have your new hot water system in place, a good maintenance routine is to release the TPR valve every couple of months to keep your new system in top running order.

What are the warning signs that your hot water system is about to need replacing?

Often, there will be no warning signs until that fateful morning (usually when it’s cold and dark and all you want is a steaming hot shower!) that you turn on the tap and get nothing but cold water. Sometimes, you will see signs of rust in the water and this is a good indication that it is time to pre-emptively upgrade your hot water system before it breaks.

Typically, hot water systems only have a lifespan of 10-15 years. If your hot water system is 10 years or older, it could be worth upgrading before it breaks. A newer and more efficient hot water system could also save you money on your operating costs.

Book a hot water system health check

If you are concerned about your hot water system, call Jahli Plumbing on 0406 008 985. For emergency service, we can come to you that day and for pre-emptive maintenance, we’ll arrange a time that suits you.