who do you call re: gas water heater?

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

Are plumbers or gas company the one I call for our gas water inspection to see why we are not getting hot hot water? It gets low-hot but not the heat I like for dishwashing/dishwasher.

Walkerton, VA(Zone 7a)

I'd call the plumber. Usually, the gas man is only concerned with whether or not the gas is getting to the heater - you can check that yourself. How old is your heater? and do you drain it all the way periodically? If not, sludge can build up in the bottom which can drastically reduce heating efficiency.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

Less then 10 yrs old and never heard of draining water heater for preventive maintenance. How often do you drain yours?

Walkerton, VA(Zone 7a)

Have a look here
http://www.wikihow.com/Flush-a-Water-Heater
I don't drain mine at all any more because I have a tankless one. When I had a conventional one, I drained it yearly.

Eaton Rapids, MI

have you tried turning the temprature setting on the gas valve up? there is an adjustment.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

thanks for the link. yes, I have the temp. turned up to the highest.

Walkerton, VA(Zone 7a)

Try running your hot water in a sink until you think it's at its hottest; then take its temp. A meat thermometer works great. Around here plumbing codes recommend 120 Deg for the highest safe temp. If your thermostat is turned up max and you're getting less than that, you do have a problem. I'd still call the plumber first, especially if it's the one who installed the heater.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

well, duh! take the temp. Call me "special" and know that routinely the obvious escapes me!

Seattle, WA

I'm assuming this problem has already been solved, but the answer depends on your local utility. Call them first. Some have their own maintenance people. Also, if your water heater is closing in on ten years old, it may be time for a new one. Sometimes the utilities can offer you a rebate on a new one. Also, some jurisdictions require a permit for installation, even replacements. Guess it's meant to keep us from blowing ourselves up.

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