Are you planning on having the family over for Easter, going swimming or preparing Easter lunch? Most times, you will need hot water more than ever. The last thing you need ruining your Easter is a faulty hot water system. You don’t need to be walking around outside looking for a funny cylinder-looking structure and trying to figure out why it’s not working and who fixes hot water systems on a public holiday. Even for those who are more familiar with hot water systems, it’s an inconvenience on any day let alone a holiday period.
Never fear – we are here to help. We outline some common problems and some general steps you can take if your hot water system is playing up. However, we cannot stress enough that anyone who is inexperienced should not be playing around with either electric or gas water heaters. If you are inexperienced, please call a professional for you and your family’s safety and the safety of your home.
What are the signs my hot water system needs repairing this Easter?
There are many issues which may result in hot water problems at your home. They may be specific to the type of hot water system you have. There are problems common to electric, solar and gas systems. There are also problems specific to your style of system and model.
Here are some signs that your Hot Water System is faulty before even switching your hot water on:
- Dripping or puddling of water near the water heater
- The storage tank makes funny noises
- Strange smell around storage tank
If you are experiencing these issues, it is likely you will need to find out who fixes hot water systems in your area. Depending on the style of system, you may need to contact a licenced plumber or gas fitter who does emergency plumbing call-outs.
Common Hot Water System Questions
We go through some common problems in a little more detail to help you identify the issues you may be facing at your home. Again, if you’re unsure call a professional who fixes hot water systems like yours. Notably, before attempting any solutions with your gas hot water system, it is important that you are competent and are confident in turning the gas valve off safely for worse case scenarios.
Why don’t I have any Hot Water????
Electric Hot Water Systems and Gas Hot Water Systems are completely different; see below for the steps on Electric and Gas separately.
Electric Hot Water Systems.
- Check if electricity is delivering to hot water system. If circuit breaker tripped, you would have to switch it back on at your electrical box.
- Check the high-temperature cutoff to the water heater.
- Click RESET if there is no power or no clicking sound you will need a professional.
Gas Hot Water Systems
- Make sure gas to hot water is turned on.
- Check if the pilot light is on. If not, switch the gas off and allow gas to dissipate before reigniting.
- Check if the burner ignites (if not call a professional)
Note: if you have followed all the steps above and hot water has not restarted it may have only run out. More than likely this is because your current hot water system is too small. Installing a larger hot water system will ensure that there will be enough hot water to keep up with your showers and washing up!
Why is My Water Too Hot? (no lukewarm water only scalding)?
This issue of high-temperature water probably has something to do with the thermostat on both an Electric and Gas Water Heater. You can check your thermostat, and turn down the temperature on your water heater’s thermostat dial. Following this step wait a couple of hours and see if the temperature control has corrected. If the problem doesn’t rectify itself, your valve may require repair or replacement. This step should be undertaken by a licensed plumber who fixes hot water systems, and if you have a TMV valve, a plumber licensed to fix those specifically.
What Does it Mean if the Hot Water Coming out of Taps is Discoloured?
- Discolouration (usually yellow or brown water) can be caused by high metal concentration in your water.
- To try and remove it, you can let it run for a few minutes.
- If there is no change, you may need to install a whole house filter.
Why Does My Hot Water Smell?
If you are getting a rotten egg smell associated with water, it is usually caused by a reaction between Anode and hot water. To remove the smell, you can run the hot water for two to three minutes. For those familiar with hot water systems, you can flush the tank.
If you are getting a garlic-like smell associated with water (GAS ONLY) this may mean the pilot light has turned off. Here’s what you can do:
- Turn gas valve off.
- Wait until the gas smell has dissipated.
- Relight Pilot light.
Who Fixes Hot Water Systems on the Gold Coast if it’s an Emergency this Easter?
If you do happen to experience a hot water emergency, you should call a licensed tradesperson who specialises in your type of hot water system. If you’re on the Gold Coast, Plumb Perfection are licenced plumbers and gas fitters and can help with all hot water systems. We are available for Gold Coast emergency hot water repairs and replacements over the Easter period. We provide a 24/7 service for all varieties of plumbing emergencies from leaking taps, hot water issues, gas leaks, to blocked drains and burst water pipes.
Our prompt service means you can get your Easter lunch back in the swing again as soon as possible.