Proactive Plumbing Solution – Know Your Water Heater!

Being without hot water is not nice, particularly in the middle of a chilly Melbourne winter! Being proactive in regard to your plumbing services will help to get your hot water system up and running quickly in case of water heater failure.

There are many things that you need to know about your hot water heater so that you can notify your plumber and have it running efficiently again quicklyif it stops heating your water efficiently.

Do you Have a Manual for Your Heater?

This will give you a lot of vital information. Store it in a place where it is easily accessed in case of a plumbing emergency.

The Name Plate

The name plate on your heater will also give you a lot of information. This includes its energy efficiency rating, its litre capacity and the recovery rate (length of time it takes to heat water).

If wattage and voltages are mentioned on the name plate then you have an electric heater.

Make and Model

What is the make and model of your water heater? This will be located on the water heater itself.

Does Your Water Heater Store Water in a Tank?

A tank may or may not be a part of your water heater.

Size and Shape

The size of your water heater does not determine its storage capacity.

A water heater that contains a tank will always be round. If it does not have a tank it will be square and attached to a wall. Your heater may be located in the laundry, the basement or a utility closet. Wherever it is located, your water heater supplies the hot water for the entire house.

Hybrid Water Heaters

If your heater is a hybrid, it will usually have a small circular section and a panel. Hybrid water heaters are small units but are very efficient and heat water quickly.

What Type of Fuel Does Your Water Heater Use

Is the heater run on gas, electric, or solar?

Having some knowledge about the above will help you if your hot water system fails, or if it shows signs of failing. If your water heater is not working at optimum capacity, contact your plumber to have it accessed. For all your plumbing services including water heating, blocked drains and more contact us today!