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Your Cold Shower Could Signal a Dirty Water Heater Burner

Over time, dirt and debris in the air can buildup around your water heater burner. It's a problem that can manifest in hot water issues around your home, but it's relatively easy to solve.

Check For A Dirty Water Heater Burner

Gas water heaters use a flame to function, and keeping that small flame happy and healthy is the key to hot water on demand. The good news is that it's fairly easy to take care of it: All it needs is a consistent supply of gas and clean air.

If dirty air gets into the compartment, that dirt will burn and leave buildup on the burner. A good cleaning will nurse your flame back to health so it can get to work.

How to check for a dirty water heater burner

  • It should be located at the base of your water heater. Move it up and out. Shine a flashlight through the small window behind the cover. You should see the a healthy blue ring of flame around the entire burner. If the flame looks lopsided or yellow, this is a sign that your flame isn't getting what it needs, due to a dirty filter. In most cases, that's fresh, clean air.

  • The water heater burner is located near the base of the water heater. A clean flame should burn almost silently. If you hear a roaring noise, the burner inside the water heater is dirty.

If a dirty water heater burner isn't the problem, consider other potential issues.

What to Do if You Have a Dirty Water Heater Burner

You should be able to solve the problem by simply turning off the water heater momentarily and giving the burner a good clean. This should allow you to restore a healthy flame.

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