About gas vs electric:
Much boiler-fuel is NG. Do you think that'll affect electric rates?
Anyhow, for various simple physical reasons, in most areas, a BTU
delivered via NG costs about 1/4 that delivered electrically.
Let's see what Katrina brings. Where'd you hear 15%? Think 70+,
in ky our nat gas pressure is 30 on inlet and 4 pounds on the outlet.
you could put a good guage on it to check it. but most of the
burner/pilot problems like yours that i have had were fixed by taking
the burner assembly out and blowing it out with compressed air. lucas
Personally I would just replace the old water heater myself since it's
already way out lived it's normal life and is most likely full of lime and
Having said that it is very easy to check the manifold pressure on a water
heater at the provided plugged pressure port.
In fact you can make a water column gauge with a piece of 1/4" plastic
tube marked in one inch increments from the bottom and a tall bottle of
water. Like I said, I wouldn't even bother on a WH that old..
Most all newer residential water heaters do not have a PRV but are designed
to operate off of normal house gas pressure.
By the way, Stretch and Turtle both know what they are talking about, the
other troll just likes to type the "F" word and cause trouble all the time.
I've been doing this stuff for a living for over 37 years myself.
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