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Old 05-07-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Gas hot water heater in colorado


You guys always have helped me out on Florida stuff. I am helping a landlord in CO. They had some rain and basement got water. The handyman and tenant wet vac'ed this out. GE 40 gallon hot water heater and they cannot get the pilot relit.

The plumber wants $1100 for a new HW heater. The landlord said to have the handyman jack up the HW heater on blocks (re do copper) and clean it out plus replace the burner. Landlord also said there is a pump there for water but that is another story.

Does the burner part sound like it got flooded and maybe mudded? Thanks.
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Was the gas valve at any time underwater?
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Was the gas valve at any time underwater?
I am checking.
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In the interest of safety, imo, it's a good idea to replace it. When installing the new one, put it up on blocks to help with flooding. Most home owners insurance will cover this. Just a suggestion.
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No. The gas valve was not below the water level.
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Then you're probably right. Pull the burner and clean it out, blow through the pilot tube and replace the thermocouple just because you can since the burner is out already
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My cousins HW heater was completely submerged in a flood. It was fine after it dried out.
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I've always been told that if a gas valve(wh,furnace) has been submerged it's safeties could be compromised. If I had a submerged valve I would never trust it. Just an opinion
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My cousins HW heater was completely submerged in a flood. It was fine after it dried out.

Frank I would strongly suggest he replace the gas control valve. Any corrosion in that thing will cause a problem.

Not to mention your warranty is now voided.
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