A burst geyser, (also known as a water heater or hot water tank) is a common problem that can occur in many Cape Town homes.
This problem can be caused by a variety of factors, including corrosion, mineral buildup, or age-related wear and tear. When a geyser bursts, it can cause water to leak from the tank and can potentially cause damage to the surrounding area or a constant stream of water into the overflow.
In order to fix this problem, the geyser may need to be replaced or the thermostat unit may need to be replaced depending on the severity of the problem.
Element and thermostat replacement on geysers
Both faulty wiring and scale buildup on the heating element contribute to a geyser that fails to heat to the desired temperature. A water heater’s element may eventually need to be replaced anyway on old geysers.
You don’t have to buy a new water heater because the heating element stopped working.
Although many homeowners are able to replacing the element in their geyser on their own however we are talking about high voltage components, in difficult to reach spaces and with water which is never a safe combination. AD Plumbers are trained to deal with thermostat replacement or geyser repairs and are able to quickly diagnose and repair geyser issues.
Geyser replacement or new geyser installations
Replacing a burst geyser can be a complex and potentially dangerous task, so it is best to hire a professional plumber to handle the job. A plumber will have the tools, equipment, and expertise to safely remove the old geyser and install a new one.
The first step in replacing a burst geyser is to turn off the power and water supply to the tank. This will help prevent any further damage and will ensure the safety of the plumber and anyone else in the area. The plumber will then carefully drain the tank to remove any remaining water and will disconnect the pipes and electrical connections.
Once the old geyser has been removed, the plumber will measure the space to ensure that the new geyser will fit properly. The new geyser will then be carefully installed, and the plumbing and electrical connections will be reattached. The plumber will then test the new geyser to make sure it is functioning properly and will make any necessary adjustments.
Replacing a burst geyser can take several hours to complete, depending on the size and type of geyser being installed. Once the job is finished, the plumber will clean up the area and will dispose of the old geyser properly.
Replacing a burst geyser is a necessary step to prevent water damage and to ensure that a home’s hot water supply is functioning properly. By hiring a professional plumber, homeowners can ensure that the job is done safely and correctly.
Homeowners can replace geysers themselves, however most manufacturer won’t honour the warranty as SABS codes require that only a licenced professional plumber should replace a Geyser in South Africa. The geyser tanks are heavy and awkward to move often risking other damage, so this is a job best left to licenced plumbers.
Warning signs of a burst geyser.
There are several warning signs that may indicate that a geyser is about to burst. These signs can include:
- Leaks or drips from the tank or pipes
- A hissing or rumbling sound coming from the tank
- An increase in the amount of hot water being used
- Rusty water coming from the taps
- Strange noises coming from the geyser when it is turned on
- An increase in the water bill
If any of these warning signs are noticed, it is important to address the problem as soon as possible to prevent a burst geyser. A professional plumber should be called to inspect the geyser and to determine the cause of the problem. In some cases, the geyser may be able to be repaired, but in other cases, it may need to be replaced. Ignoring these warning signs can lead to a burst geyser, which can cause significant water damage and costly repairs.
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