A gas water heater plumber can install a new hot water heater, repair or replace an old one, and perform routine maintenance to keep it in good working condition. Licensed professionals can do the work much faster than homeowners who attempt to fix or replace their own systems, and they have the knowledge, training, education, and tools to get the job done right. A professional can also help a homeowner understand their warranty and make sure the system meets local plumbing codes.
A leaking or corroded tank, broken thermostat, and other issues can cause problems with a home’s gas water heater. A plumber can find the source of the issue and provide quick, affordable repairs. They can also replace a water heater if it is beyond repair or if the homeowner decides to upgrade to a tankless unit.
Before a plumber starts working on the water heater, they must shut off the power and gas supplies to prevent injury or property damage. This is typically accomplished by turning off the valves near the water heater, which can be accessed by shutting off the cold-water supply line and the gas pipe with a pair of wrenches. The plumber can then drain the water by opening a nearby faucet and connecting a garden hose to the drain valve.
If a plumber is replacing an older water heater, they may have to disconnect the old unit and remove it from the home. They can then connect the new water and energy lines, which usually involves removing and cutting part of the flue pipe. Plumbers have tools and equipment to safely do this, and they can dispose of the old water heater for a fee.
After completing the installation, a plumber can test for gas leaks. They can spray a solution of water and baking soda around the gas connections to see if any bubbles form; bubbling indicates a leak. Plumbers can also use electronic testing equipment to ensure the gas lines are properly connected and sealed.
When a plumber is performing routine maintenance on a gas water heater, they may check the temperature and pressure relief valve to ensure it’s in good working condition. The valve is designed to open and release steam and water if the pressure inside the tank gets too high. If the valve is rusty or corroded, a plumber can clean or replace it. They can also inspect the piping and vents to make sure they’re drawing and not blocked or damaged.
A gas water heater plumber can clean the burner assembly and check the pilot light to ensure it’s seated correctly and working properly. They can also flush the piping to remove any sediment buildup, which can reduce heat loss and improve efficiency. If the piping is in poor condition, they can replace it with copper tubing. They can also recommend a carbon monoxide detector for the home, which can alert owners to dangerous levels of CO in the air.
W Smith Plumbing LLC
2855 Usina Road Extension
St. Augustine, FL 32084