Archive for the ‘Water Heaters’ Category

Warning: If you smell a gas odor for more than a couple of minutes, close the gas-shutoff valve that supplies water to the heater. Open a door or window to ventilate the room. Call the gas company immediately.

All types of gas issues should be checked out by a trained professional, Do not attempt to fix yourself.

  1. Not large enough: If your water heater holds less than 15 gallons of water per family member, you should consider purchasing a larger unit or staggering the use of the hot water within the family.
  2. Pilot light won’t stay lit: Clean the pilot orifice, tighten the thermocouple connections and/or replace a faulty thermocouple.
  3. Not enough hot water: Check and reset the temperature controls.
  4. Water is too hot: Check and reset temperature control. If too high, have the thermostat professionally serviced.
  5. Water leaks: Operate the pressure relief valve. If leak continues and the temperature is okay, replace the valve.
  6. Rusty tank: Replace the water heater.
  7. Noisy heater: Drain and flush the tank and refill.
  8. Dirty hot water: Drain and flush the tank and refill.
  9. Relief valve or drain valve leaks: Replace if needed.

Check the dates on the heater to see if it falls in the warranty period from the manufacturer. this may be beneficial to possibly save some money on parts and could be even labor. All that information should be in a packet attached to the water heater.

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  1. Unfiltered and Hard Water systems can build up deposits: The deposits create a layer of sediment on the bottom of the heater. This puts a huge overload on the heater’s performance and shortens its life span. To slow this process down you could install a two filter house system and/or a softening system to keep the water moving through the system and not staying.
  2. Hot water output is low: Adjust the thermostat setting up a few degrees at a time, to check the amount of flow. If that doesn’t work  then test thermostats or heating elements. (Use a professional to check into this step)
  3. Water is way too hot: Check the thermostat settings and adjust the temperature down to a more normal working number. If test is inconclusive call a professional plumber
  4. Leaking heater from ports: Make sure to turn off and drain out heater before attempting to change gaskets and replace leaking parts. Re-connect water lines and test.
  5. Rusty water comes out: Replace the water heater because the heater is eroding from the inside out.
  6. Dirty water: Drain the heater and flush until water comes through clean. By doing this on a regular basis extends the life of your electric water heater.
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