Four Common Causes Of Gas Water Heater Problems

Gas water heaters are interesting, cold-combatting systems. A gas water heater works by generating enough heat to warm the water in the tank by burning natural gas. The water within the tank can quickly rise to boiling temperatures depending on the thermostat setting, so be cautious when diagnosing any problems with the water heater. Check out these typical reasons why your gas water heater is not working.

Faulty Valves

Water heaters, like almost any other appliance that uses water, have at least one valve. At the base of the appliance, there is usually a temperature and pressure relief valve, as well as a tank drain valve. The water heater's intake and exit valves are positioned on the tank's top. Because each of these valves is susceptible to leaks, it's a good idea to inspect them on a regular basis to identify any problems and take the necessary actions to correct them. DIYers with plumbing knowledge should be able to replace or repair the valves on a water heater, but if you're not sure how to proceed safely, you should call a professional plumber

Pilot Light Trouble

A pilot light on a gas water heater acts as an ignition source for a more powerful gas burner. The natural gas is ignited by the pilot light to fire the burner and lower the gas regulator valve when the water temperature in the water heater falls below the specified value on the thermostat. This warms a base-of-the-tank element, which then heats the water within the tank. This does mean, however, that if the pilot light fails, the water heater will not function properly.>

Leaking Tank

If the water heater creates sizzling sounds on a frequent basis, this is most likely due to internal moisture, which is a sign that the tank is leaking. A leak in the water heater can be difficult to repair, depending on where the leak is located in the tank. Leaks from the tank's top are most usually caused by faulty or loose valves. In this instance, DIYers with plumbing experience can use channel locks to tighten the valve, replace the valve, or patch the valve's and the tank's connection with plumber's tape or plumber's dope to improve the seal.

Foul Water Odors

You should be concerned about more than just the sight of the water. If you notice a strong odor emanating from the water, it's possible that the water heater is malfunctioning. Sewage odors indicate the existence of bacteria growing inside the water tank, which implies the hot water is already tainted every time you use it anyplace in the house. This problem can be resolved by changing the water in the tank, but the anode rode may also need to be replaced. to decrease corrosion and eliminate anaerobic bacteria.

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