Troubleshooting & Maintaining Gas Hot Water Heaters

gas hot water heatersWe bet none of you would want to ever find out that your expensive water heating system is already broken. Who would, right? These kinds of plumbing appliances aren’t easy to purchase because they’re costly. But despite their high price tags, we still invest our hard-earned money on them because we need them. How can we take a bath in a cold winter morning without it? How can we clean our drains right on without having to boil water on the stove? We need a hot water heater at home because it provides us a great deal of convenience. And so if you have one at home, you better take care of it properly to prolong its life. With all these being said, let us share some troubleshooting and maintenance tips with you today!

1. At one point, you’ll experience a problem or two with your hot water heater. It could be its failure to or inadequate supply of hot water ; rust-colored water; foul odor in the water; leakages (especially around the base) or the presence of weird sounds such as low rumblings, high-pitched whining or popping noises.

2. Hard water contains mineral deposits that accumulate at the base of your water heater tank over time. When they get too many, they may create clogs in the system and affect your supply of hot water. Even the quality of water may also get affected negatively. With that said, it is important to flush your water heater tank regularly. Doing so will dispose of the mineral deposits that are trapped at the bottom of the tank.

3. Now when something’s wrong with the appliance and you want to try to figure out the main cause of the problem, you’ll have to go through some safety measures first. You have to ensure that the power is off before tinkering with the heater. Simply turn off the circuit breaker or the fuse that power the appliance up. Switch the gas pilot control valve’s setting to “pilot”. Last but not the least, make sure that you also shut off the water supply.

4. When your gas water heater isn’t supplying hot water in your home, there could be a problem with the thermocouple, the gas pilot or the gas pilot control valve. You can test the gas pilot flame or its pilot operation. You may also tighten the thermocouple or change the gas pilot control valve with a new unit.

5. When you’re getting inadequate supply of hot water in your home, your unit may be undersized for your demands; the dip tube may be damaged; you may have a faulty installation or there may be issues with your gas supply or with the appliance controls.

6. When hot water in your home is rust-colored, you should check your anode rod because it’s probably failing. Another reason is that corrosion may be happening inside the glass-lined tank.

7. If your water smells like rotten eggs, there may already be bacteria inside your tank which is the usual case for those who use sacrificial anode rods. The tank should be flushed then cleaned using hydrogen peroxide. The anode rod should also be changed.

8. When you hear weird sounds from the hot water heater, flush the tank. The sound may be coming from the sediments that have already built up at the bottom of the container.

9. Leaks found at the base of the water heating system may be due to several factors including a faulty T&P valve; a leak from another plumbing connection or a leaking water tank.

We hope that you learned a lot of information about troubleshooting and maintaining gas hot water heaters. If you need professional plumbing assistance at home, simply call the most reliable plumbing company in the US! Plumbers 911 delivers exceptional, high-quality local plumbing services in the US such as water heater service, plumbing appliances installation, leak detection, backflow prevention and many more!

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Posted on: June 10, 2015