Bob Cole's Tips
- Before working on a gas water heater, always check for the smell of gas. If you smell gas,
contact your gas supplier immediately.
- Never store paint, gasoline, kerosene or other flammable chemicals near a gas water heater.
The vapors may combust and start a fire.
- A leaky, rusty water heater cannot be repaired. The interior lining has most likely been eroded
by hard water — a common problem here in the Valley.
- If your water heater is making a high-pitched whining noise, it may be caused by the build-up
of sediment on the heating elements. The heater should be flushed to remove the sediment.
Scale-encrusted elements may need to be replaced.
- A rumbling or popping noise can indicate that the water in the tank is boiling. This is also
caused by a build-up of sediment and the heater needs to be flushed.
- If your water is too hot or too cold, try adjusting the thermostat settings on the water
Please note that Cole Plumbing provides this information as a courtesy to the public and cannot
be held responsible for any problems or issues that may be caused by do-it-yourself repairs.
If you are uncomfortable working on your plumbing yourself, we strongly suggest that you
contact a professional plumber
and have them
do it for you.