(206) 949-5683, Top Rated Plumber, Seattle
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Natural gas union on a hot water heater

  1. #1
    DIY Junior Member rioguia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    16

    Default Natural gas union on a hot water heater

    I have to replace my Whirlpool Flame Lock water heater. I am having a little problem removing the natural gas feed to the tank. Can anyone tell me which way to turn the union to unscrew the attachment?

    I need to know:
    1. should I use the large wrench on the union to hold the pipe steady or am I turning it (clockwise / counter-clockwise)?
    2. alternatively, am I turning to small wrench on the bottom of the union and turning there (clockwise / counter-clockwise)?

    See picture

    Thanks for you help in advance.

  2. #2
    Master Plumber master plumber mark's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of the brave....
    Posts
    4,243
    Blog Entries
    1

    Talking a small queston for you

    I dont mean to be sarcastic here....and usually I
    try to be more helpful........but

    if you dont know how to take a gas union off a water heater without asking advice on a plumbing forum......

    do you think it a good idea to attempt to tackle the job in the first place??



    it appears from the photo that you want to crank it counter clockwise?

    dont get yourself in troubles...

  3. #3
    DIY Junior Member rioguia's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Maryland
    Posts
    16

    Default I still need help.

    Are you telling me to crank the large wrench counter-clockwise?

  4. #4

    Default

    From what I can tell by the photo, your silver-colored wrench is in the correct position, but you may need a larger backup wrench.

    And what Mark said is probably true: you're risking the life of yourself and your family as well as major property destruction if you mess up. It's not what you know about plumbing that will get you into trouble, it's what you don't know that you don't know.

  5. #5
    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Yakima WA
    Posts
    7,246

    Default

    If you really look at a union, you can see which way the come off. I'd replace that solid plumbing with a flex pipe made for gas. Hope you know enough not get get another Whirlpool.

  6. #6
    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    Posts
    25,651

    Default union

    The big nut has thread on one side of it. That thread unscrews counterclockwise from the half of the union on that side. In your picture it appears that the threaded half is on the bottom.

  7. #7
    Plumber jimbo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    9,001

    Default

    Hold the black wrench steady, pull the blue wrench towards you.

  8. #8
    In the Trades Gary Swart's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Yakima WA
    Posts
    7,246

    Default

    If you try to go the wrong direction, it will not move, but you won't hurt anything. I second the opinion that you don't have the experience to be messing with gas. Call a licensed professional.

  9. #9
    Master Plumber Redwood's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    7,463

    Default

    Gas...
    The energy source that can make your house sneeze...
    One minute you own a fine home...
    and the next minute you have a vacant lot with a pile of toothpicks in it!



    Seriously! Hire a plumber for the gas work!

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •