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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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