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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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How does the Tankless Water Heater Work?
Tankless water heaters are very small units, most of the time mounted on the outside of a house, which are preset to a specific temperature. When you turn on the hot side of any faucet, a device in this unit is activated by the flow of water, triggering it to be heated when needed. Therefore, your water is only heated when you are using it. You never have to pay for “reservoir” water like traditional water heaters which have to store the water all the time. Storing water becomes costly because the heater has to consistently heat and then reheat the water in the tank to keep the temperature that is set, even when you’re not using it.
What types of Tankless Water Heaters are out there today?
There are currently 3 different types out there. Gas, Electric, and Flow rate types. Do your homework on which type would benefit your home and your wallets.
Tankless Water Heater Efficiency…
Since tankless water heaters don’t have to consistently reheat the water, your electric bills will actually be reduced almost instantly. Typical water heaters cycle on and off, even when you’re gone from the house, and keeping this water warm uses up a lot of energy and money. However, tankless water heaters only use demand of electricity when in use. Other than that the tank less water heater uses as much electricity as a dvr box from the cable company (miniscule).
What percent of savings will I get back?
Tankless water heaters could save up to 20 to 50 percent on your energy bills.
What more does the tank less unit offer?
  1. The Units, depending on the size that is needed, is a minute fraction of the size of a typical water heater storage tank. This means that there is more storage room in the home.
  2. These units typically come with a lifetime warranty, whereas tanks will eventually give out over time. No replacement peace of mind.
  3. Since there is no storing large quantities of water, tankless water heaters have a high percentage of non leak at the units.
  4. Minimal contaminant build up in a tankless water heater, than from standing water that is stored in a traditional water heater.
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