Stepping into a cold shower when you expected it to be hot is very uncomfortable, and it is also indicative that you need a hot water heater repair or replacement. The best way to know for certain what is causing the problem is to consult with a professional company such as Commonwealth Cooling & Heating. There are also a few things that you can look at in determining if water heater maintenance will be a viable option or if you may need to buy a new unit.

Water That is Rusty Means a Replacement is Necessary

Turn on your hot faucet and do a visual examination of the water that pours out. It is especially important to capture some of this water in a clear glass as soon as you turn the faucet on. Rusty water may be a sign that you should move forward with a new water heater installation because your existing unit does not have much useful life left. However, if you have galvanized piping in your home, it could signal an issue with that. It’s best to have a plumber check to see which is the real problem.

A Pilot Light Outage is a Simple Repair

Before you become overly concerned about your hot water heater, check to make sure that the pilot light is on. In most cases, this water heat maintenance issue can be corrected by homeowners. However, if you are uncertain how to light the pilot or if this does not work, be sure to contact a professional.

A Leaking Water Heater Requires Immediate Action

Pay close attention when you inspect your water heater after discovering that there is no hot water. Any new leaks around the base means there is an internal issue and should be taken very seriously. In fact, leaking is one of the most obvious symptoms of a water heater failure. Be sure to turn off the gas or disconnect the unit from electricity and then call a professional plumber for confirmation that a new water heater is needed and then let the professional do the installation.

For more information, check out Commonwealth Cooling & Heating’s hot water heater repair and installation solutions or call 703-436-8028.