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One of the worst experiences is taking a shower when the water heater quits!

When your water heater decides to take a vacation it's good to know how to Troubleshoot a Tank Type Water Heater.

Whether you have a gas or electric water heater, this tutorial will help you diagnose and repair everything from your gas burner / pilot light to your anode rod. Well in the tutorial Anatomy of a Gas Water Heater I'll graphically show you all the various components of the water heater including our friend the Anode Rod, who "sacrifices" himself for you every day!


April 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm
(1) KRIS says:

I know it sounds ridiculous, but for some reason, we do not have the hottest water in the morning only @ 6 / 7 a.m. I thought it was just my wife always needing the hottest water in the shower, but I noticed this when I was showering 1 morning. I usually shower @ 9 / 10 a.m. , and the water is just fine, sometimes too hot. What would cause the water to not be hot at certain times of the day?

May 5, 2009 at 1:50 pm
(2) SS says:

My house is a tri-level, built in 1959 (Portland, Oregon). The gas hot water heater is in the basement. Any faucet, other than the bathroom directly above the hot water heater, takes FOREVER to issue hot water. This has always been the case, regardless of the age/type of tank. I’ve had the pipes under the house wrapped. And since January of this year, my water and sewer bills have been sky high — totally disproportionate to the amount I use regularly. I don’t seem to have a water leak, watching the water meter out by the curb. So, could the water heater’s inability to get hot water to the kitchen promptly (it has to run for a bit first) be the problem? If so, what can I do about it?

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