Is your your water heating system not producing enough hot water? Is the temperature of your hot water just warm instead of steamy hot? Does it take too long to replenish your hot water supply after you’ve showered or done a load of laundry? Or perhaps your water heater is too noisy or you see flames pop out of the access opening when the burner turns on? If you answered “Yes” to any of these question, it’s time to perform some water heater troubleshooting to determine the problem.
We recently wrote about water heater repair in Indianapolis, in which we briefly described the different types of water heater repairs. In this article, we’ll cover the steps you can take during your water heater troubleshooting for a traditional gas water heater with a water storage tank. We’ll pass along troubleshooting tips for an electric tank-type water heater and a tankless water heater in future articles. (Note: the article for tankless water heaters might be rather short, because those units have many less elements that can go wrong.)
Here are the steps you can take during your gas water heater troubleshooting, based on the specific problem you’re encountering:
If that’s not the problem, try a few times to relight the pilot, if you know how.
No luck? The pilot orifice might be clogged. If you’re up to the task, you can learn how to remove and clean a pilot orifice.
Still no luck? The gas supply line to the pilot light might be clogged or kinked, or the gas control valve might be broken. Replacement of one of these parts might solve your problem.
You might try removing and cleaning the pilot orifice or gas supply line.
Removing and cleaning the main burner assembly might do the trick.
The next step might be to replace the gas valve.
If none of these solutions work, the problem might be a down-draft from the flue on windy days.
The gas control valve could be malfunctioning and needs to be replaced.
The gas control valve could be broken and causing the thermostat to malfunction.
Try cleaning the burner orifice.
You can check for a defective dip tube.
If your gas pressure is low, call your gas supplier.
If your burner orifice is clogged, remove and clean it.
If you have low gas pressure, call your gas supplier.
Wait for warmer weather or head south for the winter. Extremely cold outside temperatures can make incoming water a lot colder and more difficult to heat to the desired temperature.
If your water heater troubleshooting helps you find the problem, you need to determine if you can fix it or if you need a professional water heater service technician to do the repairs.
Reference source: water-heater-repair-guide.com