Understanding Plumbing Problems

There aren't many household systems more confusing than plumbing, which is why I stopped trying to fix mine on my own. I realized that taking things apart was increasingly more difficult, so I stopped guessing and started looking for a trained expert who could come out and help. When I found the right professional, it was amazing to see how much easier things were. They went through, evaluated my plumbing system, and made changes that changed my home from the inside-out. Check out this blog to find out more about how to avoid plumbing problems and when to hire a professional of your own.

How to Replace a Removed Gas Burner in a Water Heater


A gas water heater relies on the fuel and a powered burner assembly that creates the heat needed to make the tanked water comfortable for your use. If the gas burner in that assembly goes bad or fails, you could end up with a lot of cold showers in your future.

If you have identified that the gas burner is the culprit behind your problems and have removed the old broken part, installing the new part isn't tricky. Just follow these tips below once you've removed the old part.

What You Need:

  • New gas burner
  • Pliers
  • Vapor sensor
  • Socket
  • Screwdriver

Step 1: Prepare the New Burner

Remove the new burner assembly from its box and make note of all the parts: burner cover with attached tube and wires then the gas burner in the rear. Prep the assembly by straightening the tube attached to the burner cover. Make sure the gasket at the base of the tube is flush with its mouting position on the burner cover.

Ensure that the power supply is shut off to the unit before working and turn off the gas supply line at the shut-off valve on the water heater.

Use pliers to remove the vapor sensor and its brackets from the wires of the old burner assembly. If you don't still have this part, you will need to buy a new vapor assembly. Use the pliers to help you snap the wires of the new assembly into the correct terminals on the sensor.

Remove the access panel door on the water heater, if you put the panel back in place after removing the old gas burner.

Step 2: Install the New Burner

Crouch down with the new burner assembly in your hands and slowly insert the gas burner end into the hole in the unit. Work slowly to ensure the burner finds its track and doesn't bash into any other parts. Keep feeding the assembly into the unit until the burner cover is flush with its mounting hole.

Thread nuts into each end of the burner cover then tighten those nuts with a socket. Undo the twist tie bundling the new burner's wires together. Hook up the wires to the gas control valve by snapping the tabs into the appropriate terminals. Slide the brackets of the vapor sensor over the rim of the tank between the outside wall and the burner cover. Slide the loose end of the hose into position on the control valve then thread its nut up and tighten with a wrench.

Slide the access cover back into place over the burner assembly. Attach any fasteners, if present, with a screwdriver. Turn on the power and gas supplies then test to make sure the problem is fixed.

If you have further questions, be sure to contact services like Jim Dhamer Plumbing and Sewer, Inc.


2 December 2016