Tips When Troubleshooting Gas Water Heaters

troubleshooting gas water heaterYour gas water heater isn’t a cheap investment. With that thought in mind, it is only wise and practical that adequate and proper maintenance are implemented to keep it at tip-top shape. However, we can’t deny the fact that water heaters are also prone to malfunction. Instances will arise when we get foul-smelling water from our taps or when no hot water comes out at all. In these cases, it is beneficial to understand how you can properly troubleshoot this wonderful appliance. Here are some tips you should take note of!

1. If your gas water heater is no longer producing hot water, there must be issues with its gas pilot, the gas pilot control valve or the gas thermocouple. If the control valve is already damaged, it needs to be replaced ASAP. The gas pilot should also be checked and ensured that it is still working fine. If the thermocouple is malfunctioning, it should be repositioned, tightened or totally replaced.

2. If your hot water features a yellowish color, you have to check your water heater tank’s anode rod. It’s possible that it’s already corroded or the tank lining may also be rusty. In such a case, the anode rod must be replaced.

3. If you’re not getting enough hot water, your water heater may not be adequate for your heating requirements. You have to get a unit that suits your needs. It is also possible that it has a damaged dip tube or you have a faulty plumbing. Another culprit may be an inadequate gas supply.

4. When you notice signs of leaking at the base of the water heater, you can attribute this problem to several factors: a faulty T&P valve, overheating, excessive pressure, corrosion in the tank or a problem with the plumbing connections. Of course, in these cases, you have to replace the T&P valve if it’s already defective. You can lower down the temperature setting of the water heater to avoid overheating and excessive pressure. But, if the leak comes from the combustion chamber, you unfortunately need to say goodbye to your gas hot water heater.

5. There are times when you’ll experience getting foul-smelling hot water from your taps. This smell indicates the presence of bacteria in the water. To resolve this problem, you have to flush the tank and clean it with a peroxide solution. The anode rod must also be replaced as well as the tank’s lining.

6. If you hear a rumbling sound whenever the tank is powered on, you might want to flush the tank because this kind of reverberation indicates the presence of sediments.

We hope that you enjoyed reading these tips on troubleshooting gas water heaters. If you cannot figure out the cause of the problem, just rely on a professional Broward plumber. Plumbers 911 Florida delivers exceptional Broward plumbing services including water heater service, water heater repair, leak detection, plumbing appliances repair, plumbing installation and many more! Call us at 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade County FL), 954-468-0512 (Broward County FL), 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach County FL) to schedule a service!

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Posted on: December 30, 2014