3 Signs Your Gas Water Heater Is In Trouble


No one wants to step into a freezing cold shower. Your water heater helps to facilitate your use of hot water. From your dishwasher and washing machine to your hot shower in the morning, it is hard to imagine living your day-to-day life without your water heater. It is important to be aware of the warning signs that your gas water heater is not functioning correctly, as it can be one of the most costly pieces of plumbing to replace. It is better to catch problems early on with simple fixes.

Here are three signs that gas water heaters are in trouble.

The pilot light does not stay lit.

Your pilot light is an indicator of the gas composition fueling your water heater. Under normal circumstances, the pilot light is a small, steady yellow tongue of flame. When there is an imbalance of gas chemicals or not enough fuel, then the pilot light starts to flicker. It can also start burning as a blue tongue of flame. The pilot light might also not stay lit at all. Problems with the pilot light may be due to a faulty thermocouple; a more serious problem may be a clogged vent that feeds gas into the unit.

Your water is not warm enough.

The temperature for your water should correspond with how far you turn your taps. If you have indicated that you want steaming hot water but you are left with a lukewarm offering, then there is a problem with your gas water heater. This kind of problem can be hard to diagnose. Your pilot light might be out, there could be a clog in the gas vent, or there could be a blockage in the flue. After investigating possible sources of trouble, you should contact a professional plumbing service to help solve your problem.

Your utilities bill increases.

Your water heater needs gas in order to warm up water for your daily use. A water heater that is broken requires more gas to get the job done, so you may not notice that there is a problem until you get your utilities bill. A steep increase in your gas consumption is reflected in additional, unexpected expenses in your bill. Avoid hemorrhaging money and inspect your water heater ahead of time. You can also schedule yearly inspection and maintenance from a plumbing contractor in order to detect problems before they become costly.


31 March 2015

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