In early April of this year during days of rain, the water table rose and
water began to enter my basement. No problem. I have a sump pump. Well in
no time there was 1 foot of water on the basement floor because my sump pump
quit on me. I found out too late. My hot water heater ( 40 gal. LP Ruud )
which is on a three inch cement pad was submersed up over the burner and
pilot but below the gas valve. A repair man came in and cleaned out the
burner unit ( he just blew into the assembly to clean it ). One month
later: No hot water: pilot won't stay lit. Middle of May: no hot water:
pilot out, repairman replaces thermocouple. Four days later: no hot water:
pilot out and won't stay lit. Repairman comes and replaces orifice in the
gas line. Two weeks later: no hot water: same problem. Gas valve now
changed. Repairman tells me that he tested the old gas valve and "it was at
11". The new one is at "12". Anything better than 10 is good. Don't know
what those numbers mean, but it sounds good I guess. Seems to me that the
problem is going to come back again. I think ( and said it to the
repairman ) that the burner itself may be the problem, I don't know. It was
under water. Any guesses. ( The hot water heater itself is a '91
installation and repairman said it looks in very good shape).
a 10 yr old hot water heater got flooded and you trying to fix it,, just
replace it... then you wont have any problems... they only last about 10
yrs if that anyway.....and thats without the flooding....
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