Gas water heater - Gas need to be on for pressure?

brinkedMay 7, 2011

I am sorry, this is probably a stupid question. I just purchased a home this friday and the water is not coming out very good at all. The house has gas to it (unlike my current condo which only has electric). My question is: Does the gas need to be on for the water heater to pump the water through the lines?

I know the gas is what heats the water, but does it also push it out as well? I know this is probably a common sense thing, but I never had to mess with this stuff before.

Thanks!

Will

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bus_driver

The gas has nothing to do with normal water pressure.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 1:23PM
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brinked

oh ok. thanks for answering my question.

The water is not coming out with much pressure on the first floor. On the second floor, there is no water coming out at all.

The water was working perfectly the day before we closed. I setup my account with the water company and they said the water is turned on. The water company sent someone but left a notice, I am not yet occupying the residence so I wasnt there, I cant live in a place that has no running water.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 2:03PM
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ramona1976

In my area the utility would turn on the service at their meter, but leave it turned off at the house. Check the shutoff valve at the service entrance, you may find that it is turned off. If it is old, you may also find that it broke when someone turned it off or tried to turn it back on.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2011 at 3:12PM
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weedmeister

You have no cold water either?

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 12:05AM
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brinked

the flow is very slow and only on the first floor and there is only cold water, but the pressure is so low its hard to make any use of it anyway.

I guess I will have to wait until monday for the water company to send someone back there.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 1:09AM
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brickeyee

Check and see if the main valve in the house is not open fully.

They are normally a ball or gate valve.

The gate valve takes a lot of turns to open all the way.
Keep turning it counterclockwise until it stops.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 2:52PM
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aliceinwonderland_id

Keep turning counterclockwise until it stops, then turn 1/4 turn clockwise - this will prevent binding up your valve.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2011 at 5:01PM
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brickeyee

"this will prevent binding up your valve."

And may cause leaking at the packing by not back seating the valve.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2011 at 9:54AM
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sofaspud

Is there a water outlet valve for your hot water heater, and is it all the way open?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 3:59PM
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fa_f3_20

You may have a water pressure regulator somewhere in your main that has failed. I've seen this happen before, and it does what you describe... very low pressure. In the Southeast U.S., they typically bury these things in the yard 2-3 feet downstream from the meter. There's usually a box around it, but a lot of the time, the box fills with dirt and then the yard grows over it.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2011 at 10:05PM
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