Hot Water Replacement Services

The plumbing and electrical doctor has been providing its hot water replacement services for over 20 years now so they have a lot of experience when it comes to replacing hot water systems. It’s important that you hire a professional licensed and insured plumber when it comes to hot water system replacement because you can get the exact cost of your hot water systems installation, maintenance, and replacement.

When Do I Need To Replace My Hot Water?

The hot water system is part of our daily life routines for any home and business, over time it may wear out or become less efficient, leading to the need for hot water system replacement. A timely replacement hot water system or installation of a new hot water system is crucial.

When replacing a hot water system, it’s important to choose a reliable and expert plumber who can help you assist in plumbing hot water for your needs. Plumbers who offer 24/7 emergency hot water service can ensure that it’s properly connected to your plumbing and functioning as it should. With their prompt and efficient service, you can enjoy an uninterrupted hot water supply while minimizing downtime. Don’t compromise on your comfort – trust the experts for your hot water system needs. 

Knowing Hot Water System Replacement

Understanding when to replace the hot water system is significant to avoid sudden disruptions and ensure reliable access to hot water in your home or business. Many considerable hints may point out the need for a replacement hot water system. If your hot water system always demands repairs that add cost to it. It is more advisable to replace a new one.

Reduced hot water supply or inconsistent water temperature can also be indicators of a failing hot water system. Additionally, if you notice rust or corrosion on your hot water system, it may indicate deterioration and impending failure. Sudden leaks or excessive water pooling around the unit can also signal the need for a hot water system replacement. In emergency situations where you’re left without hot water, 24/7 emergency plumbing hot water services can be a reliable solution. Consulting with a qualified plumber can help you assess the condition of your hot water system and determine if replacement is necessary, ensuring uninterrupted access to hot water for your comfort and convenience.

One of the most used appliances in your home is the hot water system. The average household consumes 450L of water every day, which includes washing dishes, doing laundry, and taking showers. All of these activities put a toil in your water heater. So, what are the signs that you need a water heater replacement? Here are a few situations to watch out for.

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1. Your Hot Water System Bursts

There are many causes behind a burst hot water heater. It could be that the tank has built up pressure due to a malfunctioning pressure relief valve, or rust has occupied most parts of the tank and created a pinhole causing the unit to leak. Either way, this is a plumbing emergency that needs professional attention immediately.

What should you do if your hot water bursts?

In hot water emergencies like this, it is important to first locate and shut off the source of power. Doing so will prevent energy loss, electrocution, and even fire, locate first the electric storage. If it is an electrical hot water system, flip the breaker in the electrical box off. If it is a gas hot water system, shut off the gas supply at the water heater or the gas storage mains. Once you have isolated the power supply, turn off your water at either the water meter at the front of your house or at the isolation point located near the hot water unit. Once the area is cleared and safe, take photos of the damage so you can make insurance claims if required. And it is easy for the hot water system plumber to fix the issue or if you need a gas hot water system replacement.

2. Your Hot Water System is Old

The average lifespan of a hot water system is 10 years. We usually recommend a hot water system replacement when your product warranty is up or it exceeded its expiry. The life of your water heater varies based on the manufacturer, the fuel type, and the frequency of usage.

If you have been renting or living in your home for more than 8 years and could not recall ever having hot water heater replacement, it is time to do a quick inspection and check the labels. If you don’t know the age of your water heater, Rheem hot water systems have a water heater age verifier online if you have the serial number.

For other brands, you can check the manufacturing date and add 10 years to it to get a rough estimate.

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What Are The Steps To Follow For Hot Water System Replacement?

When you choose the hot water tank, you should think beyond your budget for the hot water installation. Consider the running costs and renewable energy efficiency of the hot water units too.

1. Decide on Fuel Or Energy Source

There are a number of products from the market. The most common in Australia are electrical hot water systems and natural gas hot water systems. Another energy-efficient hot water system and environmentally friendly option are to use a solar-boosted hot water system.

2. Decide The Type Of Hot Water You Are After





It has a lower purchase cost if compared to other types.

There is a standby heat loss to keep the water flowing hot, which roughly translates to money out of your pocket as it runs. It has a high operating cost and does not work during brownouts.

Tankless (Instant or Continuous Flow)

There are an on-demand and countless supply of hot water.

This might not be good for households with multiple users, as this might put a strain on your hot water unit with the excessive demand going on simultaneously.

Heat Pump

It has lower operating costs than a storage tanks hot water. It gives off cool air which is a plus during summer.

The compressors of  heat pumps tend to be noisy. (However, newer models are quieter). You need to have considerable space for its setup. It generates cold air that might not be helpful during winter.


It requires the least maintenance and helps you save on energy bills. This is good for regions with warmer climates.

The solar hot water systems. It has the highest upfront installation costs.

3. Determine The Size Of The Hot Water System That You Need

This largely depends on how many users are in the household and how many litres of hot water are consumed during peak hours. Hot water also comes in different standard capacities or sizes.

Most Common Mistakes People Make When It Comes To Hot Water Replacement

If you are regularly inspecting your hot water system, you might notice minor problems that could possibly alert you to replace your hot water earlier. These hot water maintenance activities could range from flushing your hot water tank to checking your TP valve and fittings. 

No one likes to suffer a cold shower or bath. Oftentimes, hot water damage catches homeowners and property managers by surprise. It is important for you to avoid these common mistakes that people make when they replace their hot water.

Not Enough Research

It is normal for people to replace their old hot water system with the same brand. Oftentimes, this idea might go against you. As technology evolves, there might be hot water products that might suit your current situation. For example, if your household has become bigger and there are alternative fuel sources that will help you save on your water heating bills, it could make a difference. You also have to check the manufacturer that would give you the most support especially in after-sales.

Overlooking professional installers

You might know old Tom or a neighbour who has recently told you they can install hot water heaters. Putting your trust blindly on people who might not be apt for the job might backfire and increase your installation costs. Always make sure that you contact a hot water plumber or hot water specialist who has ample experience in installing hot waters especially the brand that you are going to install.

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Call The Plumbing And Electrical Doctor

The Plumbing and Electrical Doctor has a licensed plumber that replaced over a thousand hot water systems all over ACT and NSW. If you need a hot water plumber that you can trust and who gives you the pros and cons of the current hot water systems products available in the market, the Doctor gets it done for you.
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