How Often Should You Service a Hot Water System

17 / 01 / 2022

Continuous flow, electric, gas storage hot water as well as heat pumps usually require an annual service while solar-powered systems usually require servicing once every five years.

What happens if you don’t service your hot water?

Timely servicing is important because it will help you protect your warranty. A warranty only works if you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on the system’s use and maintenance. If a problem occurs, it will be the fault of the system and its components and parts. The system failed even if you followed the instructions.

Timely servicing is also important for prolonging the lifespan of your hot water as well as for maintaining its energy efficiency. This way, you will save money and energy for years to come. It’s also a good way of preventing costly problems relating to repairs and parts replacement.

How hot water servicing is done

For electric and gas storage systems, it could be as easy as lifting the lever on the Pressure and Temperature Relief Valve for 10 seconds (depends on the Owner Instructions provided by the manufacturer). This can be done once every six months (and then a more detailed professional service once every five years).

Professional servicing and maintenance often includes a visual inspection of the tank (e.g. checking for leaks and corrosion) as well as draining and flushing (removing sediment build-up). Often, servicing also requires inspecting the gas, plumbing and electrical connections for safety and performance. For solar-powered systems, inspection and maintenance will also include the solar panels and cleaning their surfaces to maintain effective solar energy collection.

Hot water professionals use a detailed checklist to ensure every part and component is inspected. The checklist also helps them become faster and more efficient in their service because the tasks are clear. As a result, professional servicing might only take two to three hours. It’s time spent wisely because you gain peace of mind about the safety and performance of your hot water.

If you require prompt hot water servicing, you can contact us here at NSW Hot Water. You can phone us at (02) 9722 4500 and we’ll arrange a schedule convenient for you.