it looks a little odd...
one side is higher than the other...burning unevenlingly
are you still planing on changing that out or what??
I have uploaded a video of my burner flame to You Tube.....does this flame look normal? If you notice on the right the flame is taller and reaching up...it is hard to see but the flame is actually being drawn up into the flue......is this normal? I would think that the burner flame should be uniform pretty much all the way around.....
What do you guys think?
Yes, I talked to plumber last week and he plans on doing it sometime this week..lot of freezing pipe calls I guess right around New Years Eve...my wife is returning from deployment from over in the sandbox this week so gotta make sure it isn't day she comes home!!
Sorry got off track...but yes still plan on having it done. I'm hoping this is a good plumber (comes highly recommended) and sounds like he knows his stuff...if so I plan on having him replacing copper back to washing machines at some point as it is really ugly and mickey moused...didn't help that original plumber just pulled cold copper pipe down to put on top of new water heater......didn't bother to cut a new piece accordingly...another bullet in my beef with Sears
Yes since day one the burner has been loud and it has always been higher on that one side...like I said the flame is actually being pulled up into the flue...any ideas why something like that might happen? I do recall the second plumber saying something to the effect that the vent pipe was super hot..like he was surprised by it? Wonder if some of the smell getting because flame is going up into flue
kinda weird I wonder if there is something funny with the flue baffle.
No there is a baffle And no critters in there
Does it matter in how the baffle is positioned in flue? I have it going from 9oclock to 3oclock is that ok?
When the plumber removed the first water heater he pulled the baffle out ..the bottom part of the baffle was covered in what I guess was soot..and this was on a week old water heater...he said bad water heater...well looks like second one is the same deal ..I wonder if the flames leaping up into the flue chamber contributed to this? Is the flame reaching up because it is looking for air?
I'm just sorta guessing here I guess...It is odd though huh? Gas pressure have anything to do with it?
Last edited by vtxdude; 01-03-2010 at 07:13 PM.
1. Issue with gas pressure.
2. Lack of primary air into the combustion chamber.
3. Gas pressure is off of what it should be.
4. Plugged up primary air orifaces.
I would check those things 1st.
2) This is one of the main reasons I want the BW, I think they have a better primary air intake system as well as Rheem compared to AO Smith made heaters
3) Is this same as 1?
4) Things looks good, I cleaned under it a week or so ago and intake seemed clear of lint etc
I'm hoping that is flame gets where it needs to be that combustion odors take care of itself......
Can't be good with that flame darting up the flue like that
Lol np.....do any of my questions or theories make any sense?
I'm still betting either the gas valve or the burner is plugged up, because of using copper for the gas line.
Could be..it has probably been on there since 1983 when place was built. So even for the Water heater only being hooked up for a little more than a month it could be plugged? Has burned this way since day one.
When I have the Bradford White installed it will either be black iron or he said he could use the flexible stainless?