Hot Water Heaters : How to Change a Gas Valve on a Hot Water Heater

Hot Water Heaters : How to Change a Gas Valve on a Hot Water Heater Changing the gas valve on a hot water heater requires safety and care, such as turning off the gas at the gas valve. Learn about using wrenches and screwdrivers to change gas valves with help from a master plumber and heating specialist in this free video on hot water heaters. Expert: Chris Spannagel Bio: Chris Spannagel has been a master plumber for 17 years and is licensed in Arizona. Filmmaker: Chuck Tyler Series Description: Keeping a hot water heater in good working condition is the best way to keep warm water. Discover how old water heater valves will use more water than newer ones and more with help from a master plumber and heating specialist in this free video series on electric heaters. [HPGE] Read more »

Sealing Gas Water Heater Closet

Sealing Gas Water Heater Closet When you are sealing a home it is critical to know about your gas appliances. If they are in the home area like a closet then the doors should be sealed and outside air brought in from the attic. You should always install a CO detector. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas, that is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and initially non-irritating, it is very difficult for people to detect. At 100ppm there is danger to human health. Please have a professional seal this for you. [HPGE] Read more »

Tankless Hot Water Heaters: An Owners Perspective

Tankless Hot Water Heaters: An Owners Perspective This video looks at tankless hot water heaters from the owners point of view. I’ve had one for ten years and I am on my second unit. The owner examines the advantages and disadvantages of tankless hot water heaters and reviews lessons learned over the years. installation tips, and requirements to make you new unit last longer are examined as well. (The new unit is an EcoSmart 18 electric tankless hot water heater. The earlier unit was a SETS.) This video primarily covers electric tankless hot water heaters. Some thoughts on gas units are addressed as well. [HPGE] Read more »

Bradford White Gas Water heater in attic Repair Won’t Lite

Bradford White Gas Water heater in attic Repair Won’t Lite Check your Bradford White Water heater Warranty. First get the serial number and modal off the side of the water heater, How You Can Find A Great Plumber Nearby Bradford White’s limited warranty covers both the glass-lined tank and component parts for leakage or other malfunction caused by defects in materials and/or workmanship. It extends to the first buyer and to any subsequent owner(s) as long as the water heater remains installed at its original place of installation. Warranties are packaged with each water heater along with installation instructions. If missing or misplaced, you can download and print a copy of the warranty from the listing shown under Warranty Documents at right. Items Not Covered Under Warranty Include: • Dry-fired elements • Temperature adjustments • T & P valve failures/function (unless supplied with the unit by BWC) • Air shutter adjustments • No electric or gas supplied to water heater • Poor or improper venting • Not enough hot water because of sizing or overuse • Improper wiring to water heater • Diagnostic calls • Undersized gas piping to water heater • Lack of combustion air • Water odors • Noise because of minerals or sediment • Removal or replacement of anode rods • Anode consumption • Improper installation • Failure because of excessive pressure • Thermal expansion • Damage caused by flooding, exposure to weather or negligence • In some areas of the country, water heaters, both gas and electric, are installed in attic spaces. As with all gas water heater installations, it is very important to have sufficient combustion and dilution air to insure proper drafting of the exhaust products and safe water heater operation. • As outside temperatures increase, the need for proper combustion air and attic ventilation becomes even more critical. For reference, if not ventilated adequately, attic space temperatures can go as high as 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This can occur when outside air temperatures are only in the 90’s; even when the sky is cloudy. • As the pilot flame burns, it requires oxygen from the air. The exhaust products from the pilot flame are then designed to rise through the combustion chamber and water heater flue, exiting the roof through the chimney system. This “draft”, while removing exhaust products, also brings in “fresh” air to the combustion chamber. • For the exhaust gases to rise through the water heater and chimney system, they must have a temperature much greater than their surroundings. Elevated attic temperatures make it extremely difficult, or impossible, for the water heater combustion system to properly “breath”. Without the ability to sustain the main burner and pilot flame with fresh air, the pilot flame will become unstable, and may eventually go out. When this occurs, the water heater will not function. • To avoid these water heater outages, proper attic ventilation must be present. Examples of common practices to insure sufficient attic ventilation include soffit vents used in combination with ridge […] Read more »

How to install a gas appliance. Tools and Walkthrough. Dryer, Water Heater, Furnace, HVAC. 1 of 3

How to install a gas appliance. Tools and Walkthrough. Dryer, Water Heater, Furnace, HVAC. 1 of 3 Important info below (thanks for bringing up flaws and constructive criticism to this benevolent effort): Firstly, this is my first gas pipe install. I had no tutors. There is much more info. I wouldn’t have bothered to make a vid, except nobody else had. So for now, it’s unfortunately still useful. Use FAR less pipe ‘dope’ than shown. the viscosity doesn’t allow normal tightening on so much ‘dope’ to expel all excess dope and you’re left with less friction on the steel-to-steel contact than is optimal. You don’t need a pipe threader if you’re doing main line offshoots to appliances and you know your pipe lengths ahead of time. Home depot and the like will likely thread the lengths for you. Use “black pipe” or copper pipe above ground. Epoxy coated pipe with pvc 10+ mil tape for underground joints. Before you solidify your plan, get info on your appliances and their necessary gas load. An overloaded gas line may cease to function entirely so long as it is underfed. To reduce friction and increase supply keep pipeline turns to a minimum. If you have a tube bender, great! Gas line (BTU or CF)/Hr supply ability chart for standard 1/2 PSI natural gas pipeline at If you’re not too lazy or busy, plan your line for an appliance with maximal power usage of the appliance type. (Ex., gas dryer: 40k btu) If there is anything missing from this tutorial, make a better one or let me know what needs to be expressed. Please don’t reduce gas appliance venting diameter below the diameter of the exhaust hardware unless you know what you’re doing. I don’t know enough to instruct you on diameter reduction. Additionally, it’s not to “code”, and code is getting ever more strict, so it may be better to do the job to code the first time. Because we have too many people on the planet, Nickel is expensive, and so is stainless, so consequently, Code is designed for these inferior materials like mild or galvanized steel. Code states: double wall vents in attic spaces. double walled vents need to be at least the specified distance from any flammable material (often 1 inch, but depends on how well insulated it is) single wall may be used in conditioned spaces like indoors. They must be kept 6 inches from flammable materials. Wall pass-throughs must be secured to the wall using special fastening flanges. If they’re loose, the short, powerless inspector may unleash his pathetic wrath on you and be a pain in the ass for a while. Max ratio of rise to run for non-powered exhaust routes should be kept to 1:1 or even more in some jurisdictions. Horizontal runs should have a constant incline of at least 1/4″ per lineal foot. Keep turns gradual if possible, and to a minimum. Sometimes a specified minimum, so watch out if you live in […] Read more »

How Does a Gas Water Heater Work? — HVAC Repair & Troubleshooting Tips

How Does a Gas Water Heater Work? — HVAC Repair & Troubleshooting Tips Water heater won’t light or leaking water? This video provides information on how a gas water heater works and offers troubleshooting tips to assist you in diagnosing and repair. Here is a list of the most commonly replaced parts associated with each water heater symptom: Water heater does not heat: thermocouple, pilot, gas valve, solenoid, draft inducer, ignition module Water heater leak: temperature and pressure relief valve, drain valve Water heater does not light: igniter, pressure switch, thermocouple, pilot, spark electrode Water heater is too hot: gas valve and thermostat assembly, heating element, thermostat How to disassemble your gas water heater: For more DIY videos including part replacement and help finding your model visit the repair help section of our website: Click here to purchase replacement water heater parts: All of the information provided in this electric water heater troubleshooting video is applicable to the following brands: AO Smith, Bradford White, Coleman, Lennox, Maytag Connect With Us! Join our free VIP email list for discounts and money-saving tips: Check out our blog: Don’t forget to like and comment on this video, and subscribe to our channel! [HPGE] Read more »