Water Heater Pilot Out?
Gas water heater pilot flame outage
Whatcom County is a wonderful place to live but there are some weather conditions that wreak havoc with your gas water heater.
If you have a reoccurring “flame out” or “pilot flame failure” during high wind conditions there may be some easy solutions for you. The first thing to check is to visually inspect you roof vent termination to make sure your wind cap has not blown off. If the cap is damaged or not there I would advise you to hire a professional to repair/ replace your vent cap. While the technician is on site he can also determine if there is a need for a high wind cap. This cap has baffles to redirect the wind flow and prevent down drafting to your water heater causing a pilot outage.
Once the vent cap situation is remedied, the combustion chamber should be inspected and cleared of debris. Water heaters that are installed after 2003 have a federally mandated flammable vapor ignition resistant combustion chamber. The short version of this is the air flow for combustion is restricted by baffles and possibly a pre-filter. When these systems get older and filled with debris the pilot will be much easier to snuff out. Make sure the water heater has been off for at least 30 minutes before cleaning the chamber so you do not get burned by hot metal. If you are not familiar with this procedure or are uncomfortable performing these tasks, just give us a call at 360-734-6440 and we will get a technician out to service your tank.
Finally, if you are just tired of relighting your pilot you may be a great candidate for a tankless water heater! Tankless water heaters do not use a standing pilot light and are electronic ignition. Along with their 90% plus efficiency rating they are about four times smaller than a conventional water heater so you can get some square footage back in your garage or closet. If you have any questions call Don at 360-734-6440.