Water heater no hot water

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Old 08-10-19, 09:48 PM
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Water heater no hot water

My water heater suddenly does not work this evening. It is natural gas water heater (automatic storage water heater). Model is PR650NBRT by State Industries, Inc locates in Ashland City, IN.
I went to attic to check the heater, it is cold.
Is there anything I could try before replacing?
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Old 08-10-19, 09:58 PM
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Water heater in the attic...... interesting.

Is the pilot light lit ?
Page 23 in the manual discusses how to light it and make sure it's on.

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my pilot and water heater

Mine is different from the manual. Attached picture for your ref.

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Only two of the images were needed.

You can remove the lower white access door to see if the pilot is lit. If it's not.... light it.
You'll need a long lighter or long match to light that pilot.

That is set pretty hot too.
 
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This has nothing to do with your lack of hot water, but I would strap or somehow secure the top of the water heater to prevent it tipping over. It's commonly done in earthquake prone areas but a tall water heater in an attic with a unsupported gas line hanging out in the open so far is asking for trouble.

Do you know where your temperature and pressure safety valve (T&P) pipe ends or empties out? It's the pinkish plastic line coming from the top right of your heater. That is part of the safety system for the heater and it's a good idea to periodically look at the output end of that pipe. If you ever see water dripping from it there is some problem with the heater or it's T&P safety valve.
 
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(1) Checked top cold water inlet and hot water outlet are both clean of water. Safety valve is also very dry, never see any water come out.

(2) It is very clear there is no fire lit (If there is, when I turn thermos to high, I could hear lit sound. For safe, I have turned off gas inlet valve. It looks I should turn gas ON, what special attention I should pay before do it?
 
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If you don't feel comfortable relighting the pilot, call a professional service person whose references you have checked. Have him show you how to do it.

There are other maintenance items you probably haven't been doing. One is draining a few gallons of water from the tank at least every year. All this is covered by the instruction manual.

From you pix of the attic installation, I'm wondering how you can drain water from the heater - where it will drain to? Maybe snake a bucket under the drain valve, and schlep the water downstairs?
 
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