Hot water maintenance

Hot water systems are a bit of a mystery to most people, but they're normally deceptively simple. Understanding some basics about how your hot water system works and what to do to keep it ticking over will often double (or triple) its lifespan.

Knowing when to replace the sacrificial anode in your hot water tank, knowing how (and how often) to test the pressure release valve, and knowing what to do in an emergency will all save you many thousands of dollars in the long run - and for the most part there's very little you actually need to do.

How to maintain your hot water system

Proper routine hot water system maintenance isn't difficult if you know what you're doing - and it can double or triple the life of your hot water system. Find out what you can do to keep your hot water going.

Solar collectors

How to clean hot water solar panels

Solar panels are relatively expensive, and because they're on your roof they're constantly exposed to the elements. Find out how to safely clean your solar panels.

Gas hot water system

When to turn your hot water on and off

Running your hot water system can be expensive, especially when you're not there - but turning it off can be dangerous. Find out when you should turn your hot water off.

Hot water emergencies

6 hot water emergencies - and how to deal with them

No hot water? Hot water tank leaking? Don't panic! Depending on what's wrong, there are a few basic steps you can follow to assess and control the situation.