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Safety Precautions for Your Gas Water Heater

October 29, 2015

Are you continually surprised by cold water coming from the shower? Are you standing at the sink for far too long waiting for the water to warm up? These symptoms of a malfunctioning water heater are merely inconvenient, but other more serious consequences can result from not neglecting to address problems in a timely manner. In this quick guide from Roto-Rooter, learn more about how your gas water heater works and the steps you need to take to keep your water heater functioning safely and efficiently.

While there are some water heating units that use only electricity, most still rely on gas for heating. One of the most dangerous problems that can develop with gas water heater is a gas leak. Gas water heaters use a pilot light to heat the tank of water. This pilot light should always be on. When the water heater activates to begin warming the tank, gas flows to the pilot light and the flame gets big enough to provide sufficient heat.

If the pilot light on your gas water heater goes out, such as in the event of a water leak, gas will continue to flow into the surrounding air. People in and around this area are in danger of suffocation, and leaking gas poses a fire risk. Make sure to check the pilot light daily, especially if hot water isn't available. Also, install gas detectors around the house to alert you if there is a problem.

If you have very little experience with repairs on a water heater, make sure to consult the manufacturer’s documentation to help you along the way. Between the gas, electricity, and extremely hot water, you’ll want to be sure you do your research before getting started.

You can also call Roto-Rooter and set up an appointment with an expert technician who can come out and address any water heater problems you’re experiencing. Your gas water heater runs twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and so does Roto-Rooter. We’re here for you when you need us.

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