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Repairing Your Gas Water Heater
Unlike tankless water heaters, standard tank-type water heaters use an insulated storage tank. Water heaters are generally very reliable but occasionally they do have problems.
Possible Water Heater Problems
- No hot water
- Inadequate hot water
- Rust colored water
- Rotten egg odor
- Low rumbling or popping noise
- Higher pitched whining
- Water leaking around base of heater
Safety Tips Before You BeginContinue to 2 of 6 below.
02 of 06
The Problem: No Hot Water
There is nothing more shiver-inducing and unpleasant than a cold shower. If your water is not at an agreeable temperature, your water heater could be at the root of the problem. Between a faulty pilot, thermocouple, or control valve, there are a number of different causes to investigate. Learn how to check for each of these possible problems and the steps you can then take to make the necessary repairs.Continue to 3 of 6 below.
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The Problem: Inadequate Hot Water
What's almost as bad as a cold shower? A shower that starts out hot and quickly turns cold. If your water heater is producing some hot water, but not enough to meet your needs, there are several possible issues to address. From an undersized unit to faulty plumbing, discover how to troubleshoot this irksome issue.Continue to 4 of 6 below.
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The Problem: Rust Colored Water or Bad Odor
It can be quite worrisome when you turn on your faucet to discover discolored water or a nasty rotten egg smell. Pipe corrosion or bacteria buildup could be the possible perpetrators in this case.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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The Problem: Low Rumbling or Popping Noise
If you're hearing loud mysterious noises coming from your basement–don't fret–it's probably just your water heater. The noise you're hearing is the sound of boiling water. Excessive buildup of sediment in the bottom of the tank is causing the tank to overheat, in turn causing the water to boil. You'll have to remove the sediment by flushing your water heater. Here's how:Continue to 6 of 6 below.
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The Problem: Water Leak Around Base of Heater
Any kind of leak is always a nuisance. A leaky water heater could be the result of a faulty T&P (temperature and pressure) relief valve, or a leak from a nearby plumbing connection or even the tank itself. These problems are fairly easy to fix.