Gas Hot Water Systems – Brisbane’s Best!
Gas hot water systems are preferred by many homeowners in Brisbane and South-East Queensland. Although these are considered the best alternative to electricity powered water heaters and cheaper than solar or heat pump, the availability of the piped natural gas is probably what makes it the best option to many. But who is installing your gas hot water system? This is the most sensitive amongst all water heater systems so it shouldn’t be left to amateur installers. Even a small leakage of the gas from the system can cause serious destruction. A few questions to ask and points to consider are:
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Gas hot water system requires an extra bit of technical know-how than the other common water heaters. Vast experience in installing similar systems is a crucial factor to be considered. At Hot Water Brisbane, we have been providing gas fitting services to the locals for over 15 years. Our team of gas fitting experts have the experience to get the job done right. We have installed hundreds of such system thus you can expect nothing but the best from us. With HWB, you can rest assured that your new gas water heater will be reliable and safe.
Apart from installation, we also provide a solution to any gas hot water system problems. As with most of water heaters, this system is also prone to numerous problems that can affect the supply of hot water to you home. Some of these problems are very simple and do not require plumber’s intervention – you can fix them on your own. But if the problem is too much for you, feel free to call us for some guidance or advice. Here are the main problems common with gas hot water systems:
Burner Won’t Light, or Pilot Won’t Stay Lit
With these systems this is a common problem that may confront you once in a while. In most cases, it stems from a faulty thermocouple. This is device sends the signal to the gas valve for the gas to be released. If malfunctioning it will send the wrong signal. For instance, if it sends a signal to the gas valve that the pilot is off, the gas will be shut off. This miscommunication could be the reason why your burner is not lighting.
If the thermocouple is the problem, remove and replace it. This is something you can do on your own quickly and easily. If after replacing the thermocouple the pilot still won’t light, then you need to check your gas control valve. If it’s fault, you need a professional to replace it.
No Hot Water or Not Enough Hot Water
If the water in your house is not hot, there are two main reasons – either the pilot is off, or the gas is off. Whichever is the case, there is no combustion happening in the tank. If the pilot is off, try to relight it. But you should follow the procedure provided by the user manual that comes with the heater. Make sure that you’ve followed every step to avoid accidents.
If the water is not hot enough, then you should check the thermostat setting. Maybe it has been set at a lower temperature, and that’s the reason your water is lukewarm. If after adjusting your thermostat there is no change in temperature, then it must have malfunctioned and should be replaced.
Lukewarm water could also be a problem of improper size. If the demand for hot water in the house is too much for the gas hot water heater, you are likely to get lukewarm water. If this is not the case, check the gas valve and if it is faulty, and have it replaced.
Gas Water Heater Using Too Much Gas
If you paying too much for the energy bills yet the load have remained constant, the first guess should be a gas leak or leaks. Replacing the pipe would be the perfect solution for gas leaks. If there are no leaks, then the unit must be consuming all this energy for whatever reason. The build-up of sediment is usually the culprit as to why you energy bills are hiking. The sediment forms a layer at the bottom and the water heater must heat it up so as to warm the water. More heat energy will be required to operate the unit in such situation. Draining the unit and flushing out the sediment will reduce the amount of gas used to warm the water significantly.
In most cases, the noise is caused by a build-up of the sediment that forms a layer at the bottom of the tank. You will mostly hear the noise when the unit is heating up water. The formed layer insulates the water making it difficult for the water heater to warm up the water and sometimes it can cause overheating. Draining the water to remove the sediment is the best way of fixing this problem. You can fix on your own if you have some idea of what you are doing.
If the clicking continues even after flushing the sediment, then the problem could be blockage caused by lime. This is a complicated issue, and you need to call a plumber to flush out all the lime in your gas hot water heater. Call us if your tank requires cleaning and we will flush out all sediment and lime blockages for you.
Water Heater is Leaking Water
It’s one of the most serious problems with the gas hot water heater. It is an issue that requires immediate attention once it’s spotted. You need plumbing professional to deal with such issue. That is why HWB is here to offer our decade plus experience on gas hot water heater repair, maintenance and replacement. We will help to locate where the leak is coming from as this will determine the severity of the problem.
We can advise you accordingly on whether the leak is repairable or a whole replacement of the unit is the only solution. In most cases, a leaking tank should be replaced since it can be a safety hazard. Leaking valves and connections can be tightened to stop the leak in some instances however. Call Hot water Brisbane any time you are having a problem with you gas hot water system, and we guarantee you will be overjoyed with the results.