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Your Gas Water Heater Might be Giving You Hints to Call a Plumber

If you’re lucky enough to have a gas water heater in your home, you know how convenient it can be to have a reliable source of warm, clean water at your fingertips. But like any appliance, regular maintenance is key to keeping it functioning properly for years to come. 

You have to be careful around gas heaters. Before you start working on anything, you want to be sure the gas is turned off. If you are concerned in any way, then you should contact a Vancouver plumber to do the work for you.

Troubleshoot Potential Problems

With proper maintenance, water heaters can last for a long time. The following are the most common problems with water heaters. If you encounter the following problems, contact a plumber for further assistance.

  • No warm water
  • The pilot light not working
  • Reduced water pressure
  • Water excessively hot 

Check for Leaks

Old water heaters are prone to leaks. Make sure you inspect yours regularly to see if the external structure is still holding up fine. If you’re fortunate, the leak could be the result of a loose or damaged drain valve. You use this valve to drain your water tank if you need to perform maintenance or repairs. You also use the valve to drain sediment from the unit. If you notice water dripping out of this valve, try tightening it. The valve might only be loose, and a tightening might solve your problem.

If the valve isn’t loose and it’s still dripping, it is damaged. You’ll need to call a Vancouver plumber to repair or replace it.

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      Common signs that your gas water heater might require a plumber include inconsistent or insufficient hot water, strange noises, leaks around the water heater, the smell of gas, discolored water, and a pilot light that frequently goes out.

      If your gas water heater is making strange noises, it could be due to sediment buildup in the tank. As the water heater operates, these sediments can cause popping or rumbling sounds. This issue might require a professional plumber to flush the tank and remove the sediment.

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