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Why an Annual Hot Water System Check-Up is Necessary

Hot water is a necessity of modern life we tend to take for granted until we’re suddenly trying to do the washing up with cold water. Likewise, standing in a cold shower in winter is something no one enjoys, so how can you avoid this happening?

Annual hot water system check-ups allow a professional to service and repair your hot water system to ensure it’s running at its best. Neglecting maintenance can lead to minor issues evolving into big problems that affect both the efficiency and safety of your system.

So, let’s take a detailed look at the benefits of annual check-ups for your system.

Signs Your Hot Water System Needs a Check-Up

Servicing your hot water heater annually is a good idea, no matter the condition of your hot water system. Even if everything seems to be running smoothly, a service allows an opportunity to fine-tune everything and perform checks on parts, build-up in your hot water tank, and any other potential issues.

Sometimes, there will be some clear signs and symptoms that things aren’t all well with your hot water system. Here are some things you should look out for that indicate you should have your system looked at sooner rather than later.

Unusual Noises

Any strange noises coming from your hot water system should be checked, especially if they are consistently happening. Odd noises can be caused by a wide range of things including pressure build-up in the water tank or faulty parts. Read our complete guide to troubleshooting water heater sounds to better understand which noises you need to be concerned about.

Inconsistent Water Temperature

Occasionally, you’ll run out of hot water when demand exceeds supply. However, if hot water cuts in and out, or runs out without any reasonable explanation (you had extended family staying over, for example), there’s probably an issue with your unit.

No Hot Water At All

Unless you deduce this is a result of overuse, it is a sign something isn’t right. After all, this is the reason you have a hot water heater, so any prolonged lack of hot water needs to be investigated.

Inconsistent water pressure

Weak flow rates, spluttering, or just unpredictable flow from your plumbing fixtures could all potentially be a result of an issue with your system.

Leaks and visible corrosion

Any leaks (often made clear through puddles of water) or signs of rust need to be addressed ASAP. Not will it only get worse over time, but it could be a safety issue. Leakage can lead to water damage to your home, which can cause major structural damage. It can also lead to mould, which is both an eyesore and a health problem.

Smell gas

If you have a gas water heater and there are any signs of a gas leak, this is something that needs to be treated as urgent. Turn off your gas supply and call out a professional ASAP.

Signs of sediment in your water

Sediment build-up is a common issue for hot water systems with a storage tank. It can lead to inconsistent water flow and longer heating times. A plumber can remove sediment during a service to prevent severe build-up that affects your system’s performance.

Anything strange about your water quality

If your water has an odd colour, smells, or tastes strange, or is unusual in any way, it’s best to play it safe and get it looked at by a professional. A contaminated water supply can lead to serious health issues and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

When it comes to issues with hot water heaters, having your system serviced sooner rather than later is always the best course of action. They can check fittings, valves, heating elements, and pipes, and make any necessary repairs.

What Happens During a Hot Water System Check-Up?

Man checking hot water system

When you book water heater maintenance for your unit, a professional will come to your home and discuss the issues you have with your system. They’ll then perform a complete inspection of all system components and assess the system’s performance. From these inspections, our team members will make any necessary adjustments to your system to improve operation. If there are bigger issues, your water heater professional will make recommendations as to repairs or replacements.

Benefits of Regular Hot Water System Maintenance

There are many benefits for water heating systems that are regularly serviced, ranging from increased efficiency to improved performance.

Better overall performance

The most immediate benefit of maintenance and regular care is a better, more consistent performance from your hot water system. This will lead to both quicker heating times and savings on your power bill.

Improved energy efficiency

Hot water systems that aren’t running properly often use more energy to compensate. A smoothly running system will save you money in running costs.

Extended system lifespan

Keeping various components of your system in top condition will increase the longevity of your hot water system, providing you with better value for money.

Catch problems in the early stages

Most problems, such as corrosion or faulty parts, are best caught earlier than later. Parts of your hot water unit that may need replacement, repair or adjustment include the pressure relief valve, pilot light, anode rod, and the thermostat.

Save money on major repairs

Catching problems sooner could help you avoid the hefty price that can come with larger repair jobs.

Helps maintain warranty

Having all repair work performed by a professional will decrease the chances of you accidentally voiding your warranty. An expert can also advise you when an issue can be claimed.

Can help with insurance claims

Information supplied by a licensed professional can help you make successful claims from your insurance provider.


No one wants to put the people they love in danger, and regular check-ups ensure your hot water system is running safely.

Choosing the Right Professional for Your Hot Water System Maintenance

Rheem Ambiheat HDc270 Heat Pump

When getting your hot water system serviced, it’s essential to only use qualified professionals. They will have the experience to identify a problem and the skills to fix it. It’s also a legal requirement in many areas for both installation and services to be performed by a certified expert.

Same Day Hot Water Service is the name to remember for your hot water servicing needs. Along with annual check-ups, we offer repairs, replacements, and installations as part of our services. We have experience with all the top manufacturers and brands. From gas hot water heaters to heat pump systems and everything in between, our expert team will make sure you have a reliable source of hot water for your home.

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