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Old 12-17-2017, 12:04 PM   #1
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So I pulled my 21 year old natural gas water last week and cleaned all the hard water sediment out of the tank and replaced the tank anode.
I was very careful not to damage the controls.
I reinstalled the water heater and checked for gas leaks using Joy dishwashing liquid at one cap per quart of water, with no leaks found.
But I can still smell gas, however it's very faint.
I rechecked for gas leaks using multiple soaps and methods that I KNOW WORK.
After a detailed inspection, I found that the smell is only noticable when the burner is on.
I checked the flue, and it is clear and barely even warm even after burning for several minutes.
Looking at the flame, which I did NOT do prior to disconnect, it does have a little yellow in it.
Should I be concerned, considering I have no gas smell when the burner is NOT ON ?


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Old 12-17-2017, 12:06 PM   #2
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In the first pic, the pilot light flame is on, but the flash washed it out.


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Just had a water heater that wasn't performing right and would flame out. Sent my plumber by and he said the flame wasn't all blue because there was obstructed airways to the combustion chamber (squirrels & their debris, he guessed). He cleared it out and said the flame was blue, no further complaints from the tenant, so it must be working. Make sure you have unobstructed fresh air to the WH air intakes.
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As far as I can tell, and as I showed in the first pic, it looks like everything is perfectly clean and clear.
The gas goes in thru the large silver line, then jets up thru the center into the burner.
I don't think there is any way trash could get up in there...

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Trash was exterior to the unit. Sorry for not clarifying. I presume your gas smell is the inefficient burn of your flame. Anything change in your flu connections? Perhaps you inadvertently blocked the exhaust and it's compromising the flame (and efficiency) by keeping carbon monoxide in the combustion chamber.
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Carbon dioxide I believe is the correct term
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I will double check the flue to confirm.

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