Monday, January 27, 2020

Recognizing Water Heater Problems :

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1- Too little hot water. A water tank that produces too little hot water is one of the many common water heater problems you may encounter. Usually this can be solved by turning up the temperature on the tank's thermostat. Be careful, however, not to turn the temperature up too high, as this can be a scalding hazard.

2- No hot water. If you don't get any hot water when you turn on the hot water faucets and your water heater is gas-powered, the most likely problem is a pilot light that has blown out. This can be due to a faulty thermocouple or a faulty pilot control valve. Another likely cause is a heating element (if you have an electric water heater) or the thermocouple (for a gas water heater) that needs to be replaced. Replacing the heating element or thermocouple is a relatively easy job for a plumbing professional. Unless you have such training, you're well-advised to let a pro handle this repair.

3- Smelly water. Smelly hot water usually means that the water has become infected with bacteria. Generally, you can detect a rotten egg-type smell. You can generally solve this yourself by flushing the tank and filling it with a solution of water and hydrogen peroxide. Allow the solution to sit in the tank for two hours or so and then flush with clear water. If the tank is still smelly, it's best to call a plumbing contractor. If both the hot and cold water coming out of your fixtures is smelly, the cause is more than likely not related to your water heater.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

Gas Hot Water Heater Repairs

1- Be sure the gas to the water heater is turned on. Turn the gas control knob to PILOT to prevent the burner from igniting when you are looking inside. Remove the metal cover at the bottom of the water heater and look to see if the burner and/or pilot light—the small flame at the end of the pilot gas supply tube—are lit.
2 -If the water heater’s pilot light has gone out, follow the instructions on the tank to relight it.It’s also possible that the gas inlet valve has been closed partially or all the way. If so, turn the handle parallel to the line and relight the pilot. If the pilot won’t light, the thermocouple may be defective—either call your gas utility company (a free service in many areas) or a water heater repair person. (Newer water heaters may have a glow plug or spark ignitor instead of a pilot—follow repair instructions in your owner’s manual.)
3 -If the burner is not on, replace the cover and make sure the thermostat is set to about 120 degrees F. If it isn’t, adjust it, turn on a hot water faucet, and then wait a few minutes to see if the water heater burner ignites. If it doesn’t ignite, leave the hot water running and try lowering and then raising the temperature setting on the dial until the burner ignites.
4- If the burner ignites, replace the cover and turn the thermostat back to an appropriate setting. If the burner doesn’t ignite, have the water heater checked out by an appliance repair person. It could be that the heater’s thermostat is defective. Replacement is best left to an appliance repair person or a water heater specialist.
5- Smell for gas. If you smell a garlic-like scent, turn the gas valve control to OFF (you may have to push down to turn it). Wait until the gas smell has dissipated before relighting the pilot light.
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