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How to Deal with a Hot Water Heater That is Running Cold

One of the least pleasant surprises to encounter in the morning is to hit the shower and discover that you have no hot water. A lack of hot water is an inconvenience that can also affect many other aspects of running your home, such as cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. When you only have access to cold water, it’s important to get the problem corrected as soon as possible. Here are some things that you need to consider to find out what the problem is and get it fixed quickly. Get Professional Advice: The first thing that needs to be emphasized is that only a professional local plumber should be called to diagnose and fix your plumbing problems. A plumber will have the requisite experience to diagnose the problems and the specialized tools to fix it for you. Always use a local trusted plumber, get a personal recommendation from someone that has opinions you can trust. Alternatively, check online review sites or the better business bureau to find a trustworthy local plumber. A good plumber will be happy to give you a no obligation free quote for any plumbing work that you need. Hot Water Heater Issues: Aside from checking that there is power supplied to your water heater, there is little that a layman can do about the problem. A hot water heater could be a traditional unit with a tank that stores hot water or a more modern tankless hot water heater. In either case, people without plumbing skills should not be working on this equipment. It’s very easy to cause damage to your water heater or even be injured if you don’t know what you’re doing. The problem could be a cheap and easy fix, but attempting to fix the problem without training could turn it into a major fix or even an entire replacement. If you’re unsure how to proceed always get some professional guidance from a professional plumber. Signs of Water Heater Trouble: Like many pieces of complex equipment, a water heater may actually give some indications that something is going wrong. Early identification of a water heater issue could lead to an early repair, which may cost less to put right. If you notice any of these following changes in and around your water heater you may have a problem. ● Intermittent temperature changes when your hot water is running. ● Rumbling noises in your water tank. ● Water leaks around the water tank or pipes connecting to it. If not notice any of these signs, get in touch with a plumber and get the problem fixed before it gets worse and more expensive. Regular Scheduled Maintenance: The best way to avoid any problems with your water heater is to schedule some regular maintenance. An annual inspection from a professional plumber will ensure that your equipment is working well, as intended by the manufacturer. Any potential problems can be corrected before they affect the water heating performance and energy efficiency. Equipment that’s serviced regularly is less likely to fail when you need it most and may even last longer. By Giovanni Longo President Flood Brothers Plumbing Giovanni Longo is a 3rd generation master plumber who has been practicing his craft and trade in the greater Los Angeles area for well over a decade and a half. A plumbing and hydraulics-engineering innovator, Giovanni’s particular world-class expertise focuses on dealing with challenging sewer system designs as well as resolving complex commercial and residential draining issues. As a certified Flood Mitigation expert, he is also well versed in a wide variety of water damage and remediation solution.