Gas/Hot Water System Repair Tips

When you are in trouble with your water heater, go around the house and check for hot water at all of the fixtures and faucets. Perform the following diagnostics:

1. Be confirmed that the gas to the water heater has been turned on. You should turn the gas control knob to PILOT to save the burner from igniting when you are looking inside. Eliminate the metal cover at the bottom of the water heater and aim to see if the heater and/or pilot light– the little flame at the end of the pilot gas supply tube– is lit.

2. If the water heater’s pilot light has gone out, 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 or a water heater repair person. 

3. If the burner is not on, replace the cover and also make sure the thermostat is set to around 120 degrees F. If it isn’t, change it, turn on a warm water faucet, and then wait a few minutes to see if the hot water heater burner ignites. If it doesn’t spark, leave the hot water running and attempt decreasing and then increasing the temperature level setting on the dial until the burner stirs up.

4. If the heater stirs up, change the cover and also turn the thermostat back to a suitable setting. If the heater does not fire up, have the water heater looked into by an appliance fixing person. It could be that the heater’s thermostat is faulty. Replacement is best left to a home appliance repair person or a hot water heater expert.

5. If you smell a garlic-like scent, turn the gas valve control to OFF. Wait until the gas scent has dissipated prior to relighting the pilot light. If the gas odor is solid as well as doesn’t dissipate, instantly shut off the gas supply shut off, ventilate the room, as well as call a plumbing technician or your gas energy firm from a remote location.

If your water comes out of the faucet with a brown, yellow, or red tint to it, there could be corrosion occurring inside your water heater tank or in the pipes in your home. If your water comes out smelling like rotten eggs, there could be bacteria in the hot water heater tank. You might need to replace the anode rod in the tank.