How to extend the life of your gas hot water system


When you take a nice warm shower, you probably aren’t thinking about the appliance that provides you with that comfort. The gas hot water system is often the most forgotten household appliance, in terms of maintenance and care.

Let’s face it – coming into winter – no one likes a cold shower. Read on to discover how to extend the life of your system, or what to do when it’s time to look for something new.


What is the lifespan of my gas hot water system?

The average lifespan of your hot water system depends on the brand and type of system you own. Many last 8-10 years, whilst hot water systems that are maintained and serviced can last up to 15 years. 


How can I extend the lifespan of my gas hot water system?

Doubling the life of your gas hot water system can be possible by immediately responding to any issues that might arise – such as intermittent heat – plus a regular service. We recommend servicing your gas hot water system once a year and electric hot water system every 3-5 years, as electric systems do not have a flame.

To increase the lifespan of your hot water system, we recommend regular servicing to check the annode rod. The anode rod attracts minerals and impurities in the water, turning it into sediment, therefore protecting the system and reducing corrosion. If the Annode breaks down, it can be difficult to repair and this will impact the lifespan of your hot water system. We can do this for you as part of a service.


When do I need to replace my gas hot water system? And with what?

There are many signs that you need a new gas hot water system – repeated failings, looking aged, irregular hot water, strange noises! It’s important to check first that a simple repair and service won’t get it back as new.

We understand that a new gas hot water system is a big investment, and that it can be hard to determine what system best suits you. If you’re looking to replace your broken hot water system, we recommend having one of our experienced technicians come out to determine which system would best suit you and your home.

We consider your budget, how much hot water you use and how energy efficient you need it to be. Talking to a professional is your best bet for gas hot water system recommendations. Keep in mind that replacing your old system can actually save you money in the long run, so it might be worth looking into.


So, what’s next?

A regular service by a reputable authorised gas hot water system technician will ensure you can enjoy trouble free hot water for years to come. Servicing your hot water system often will ensure your system continues to run safely and efficiently, saving you both money and any inconvenience of future breakdowns.

If your gas hot water system has seen better days, we can help – click here to get in touch – we’ll come and diagnose the problem, and if necessary help you choose a new system! Click here to book.


Get in contact with the Seaview Plumbing team today on 1300 634 308 to organise your next gas hot water system service or replacement.