Gas Water Heater Issue (by Gene [OH]) Jan 14, 2019 7:29 PM|
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Still Learning [NH]) Jan 14, 2019 7:41 PM
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Homer [TX]) Jan 14, 2019 7:59 PM
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Dave [MO]) Jan 14, 2019 8:39 PM
Gas Water Heater Issue (by fred [CA]) Jan 15, 2019 6:10 AM
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Scott [IN]) Jan 15, 2019 6:53 AM
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Vee [OH]) Jan 15, 2019 7:42 AM
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Jan 15, 2019 11:24 AM
Gas Water Heater Issue (by 6x6 [TN]) Jan 17, 2019 10:12 AM
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:29 PM
Just had a call that there was no hot water in one of my rentals. The pilot would come on, however, the pilot wouldn't stay lit. Called the number on the water heater and they had me clean the fiber filter at the bottom and said I should clean the metal grate filter on the bottom of the heater. I did some minor cleaning and had to hit a reset button the pilot stayed lit and then kicked on to produce hot water.
Do any of you have the newer gas water heaters in your rentals? The youtube videos all show removing the entire burner assembly to clean the bottom metal grate filter. Do any of you have any tricks for cleaning that bottom metal grate filter without removing the burner assembly?
I am thinking it might be more maintenance free to switch out all of the gas water heaters to electric. Your thoughts? --99.165.xx.xxx
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:41 PM
We are replacing gas hot water heaters with electric since tenants pay the utilities and electric are cheaper than gas to replace (after the first one that may require extra electrical work). --24.61.xxx.xx
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 7:59 PM
The whirlpool hot water heater you describe, was a thorn in my side for about 8 years. I bought many of them. I ended up on quite a few of them pulling the burner assembly and replacing with one that would have the adapter for the right handed thermo coupler. (. Not hard if you are mechanically inclined) Whirl pool sent many under warranty. Lowes also carries them for about $48. I have also gotten by with reusing the left handed thermo coupler and cleaning it with 00 steel wool. If the unit is more than 8-9 years old, just go ahead and go to Home Depot and get a new one. --75.141.xxx.xxx
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Dave [MO]) Posted on: Jan 14, 2019 8:39 PM
Have had them for years. Use a little shop vac and things will be good. Cheaper than buying an new electric one. The new water heaters can be temperamental, safety features shut the system down. Dust. --173.216.xxx.xxx
Gas Water Heater Issue (by fred [CA]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 6:10 AM
How old is this gas WH?
Cleaning the burner chamber may help, replacing the thermocouple may help, replacing the whole burner assembly may help, replacing the gas valve may help - If you add up all the parts you replace plus labor, it may make more sense to replace the unit, if it's older than 10 yrs.
All my WHs are gas and they are not old. "Really Old" is over 15.
Since AO Smith bought American (Whirlpool) about 2 years ago, prices of gas WHs have gone up 20%.
Somebody has to pay for the corporate take over.
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 6:53 AM
I reach under the WH with a stiff toilet brush to clean that metal grate, then vacuum the area. Re-install the fiber filter band after vacuuming it as well. Try to convince tenants to keep the utility room clean. --107.141.xx.xxx
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 7:42 AM
The filters get rusty and reduce the flow shutting off the burner, I am a person who cleans thermocoupls but never seen one of these make it as far as cleaning would bring back to life, I will candidly mention that if the door is left loose the unit will run for several years, I have 3 of these still purring along, the electric tank is sitting there and they make good temper tanks.. --76.188.xxx.x
Gas Water Heater Issue (by Robert,OntarioCanada [ON]) Posted on: Jan 15, 2019 11:24 AM
Indirect hot water tanks have immersion coil where some have stainless steel tank which does not rust or corrode. A indirect hot water tank will loose 0.6 degrees per hour instead of the 7 to 12 degrees per hour up the stack. The only problem one is going to need a gas or oil boiler to operate. Stainless steel is more expensive but should last 20 to 30 years. --76.64.xx.xx
Gas Water Heater Issue (by 6x6 [TN]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2019 10:12 AM
HI Gene, I had a broken gas hot water heater in my sfh when I first bought it. It was much cheaper to buy electric and our utility company here has basic service charges and ridiculous rates. I was also able to wire for it myself and on top of that it is a rental so it will always be cheaper and safer to use electric. Also it is in a bedroom closet because there is nowhere else to put it. --73.120.xx.xxx