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NO HOT WATER
Nobody who is used to hot water likes to be without it for any length of time. The tank might be leaking or the heating element could be faulty and be the cause of the circuit breaker tripping. There may be a simple problem such as a faulty thermostat or a malfunctioning overload switch. If it is a gas geyser it could be that the igniters and burners are failing to ignite.
Whatever the job is to restore hot water, this is definitely one for a plumber! No hot water is probably the most common geyser problem consumers experience. It is also the most complicated plumbing issue to solve, as various factors can be responsible for icy showers.
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NO HOT WATER
The municipal relay could be off. You cannot move this switch and plumbers aren’t allowed to work on Eskom ripple relay switches. This switch is usually near your MAIN Switch board, if the switch shows OFF, contact Eskom and they will send their team out to your residence to rectify the problem. If the thermostat is faulty, it will need to be changed as this also results in no hot water. Last, but not least, it could be that the element burnt out. This one of the bigger jobs done on a geyser and involves draining all the water from the faulty geyser. This task can get tricky if a “plumber” is not qualified, as you do not want water dripping through the ceiling onto your furniture and belongings because of lack of experience.
The pressure valves job is to reduce the municipal water pressure to a pressure that can be handled by the geyser located in your residence. It is supposed to leak a LITTLE, as this is it normal functioning and it should be roughly 2% of the hot water used at your home. For example, every 100 litres of hot water from your geyser, should equate to about 2 litres of wastage due to overflow.
Hot water overflow means your thermostat and temperature valve requires changing. The piping that leads to the outside of your roof, MUST be copper or steel and atleast 22diameter, installed in a an position that if it were to open up and spurt hot water, that no one will be in harm’s way.
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