Winter & Your Hot Water System

Winter & Your Hot Water System

Well Perth, winter is well and truly here! The skies are grey, the wind is howling and the temperatures have plummeted. At this time of year, most of us look forward to coming home after a hard day’s work, stepping into a steaming hot shower and feeling the warmth enveloping our body. Now imagine getting home, turning on your shower, stepping inside awaiting hot water only to be met with a blast of freezing cold water. Sounds pretty awful, right? 

Well, turns out the colder weather can actually affect your hot water system, so it’s important to add ‘check hot water system’ to your annual home maintenance checklist as the cooler weather sets in. 

One of the most common issues is frozen pipes. 

When your pipes freeze they can overexpand and start to leak… sometimes they even burst! Not only will this cause an extensive and costly plumbing issue, it will also send your hot water system into overdrive! 

So, this winter, here are some signs to look out for to ensure that you catch any hot water systems issues before they cause irreversible (and expensive) damage. 


Leaky Pipes:

Leaky pipes are an easy fix if your hot water system is relatively new, however if left untreated and your hot water system is old, then you could have a bigger problem on your hands. 


Increase In Energy Bill:

With the rising cost of living, the last thing you want is to have to pay more on your energy bill, but if your hot water heater is having to work overtime to heat water expect to pay a lot more. Tank-style water heaters store hot water until it’s ready to be used, when the water cools down the heating unit turns back on. Think about installing insulation to keep the tank and pipes warm. 


Rust On The Water Heater: 

Rust comes with age, so if you have an older water heater, chances are the tank and/or pipes are starting to rust, this can cause leaks. If your hot water system is rusting then it’s time to start thinking of a replacement. Ask us about how we can help you get your hot water system replaced. 


Inconsistent Hot Water:

Finding it hard to get the hot water going? This is a clear indication that there is a problem with your hot water heater. While it may be something that’s easily fixable ie, setting the thermostat to a higher temperature, it may also be something a little more serious, so please do not ignore it! 



If you’ve been experiencing any of these issues, we recommend getting in touch with your local plumber. It’s best to have someone come around and check out what’s going on sooner, rather than later. If you are looking for a reliable Perth Plumber that you can trust? – Get in touch with us today on 1800 420 000 – we’re blocked drains specialists and are confident we can help you.