Learn To Troubleshoot Gas Hot Water Heater Problems

We occasionally experience some water heating problems at Honey Cottage. Anyway this winter our gas heater broke down and we decided to replace it with a new one. While the installation was taking place it got very cold. We got ourselves a small space heater based on the reviews of this site. It was great and enabled us to tolerate the delay before installation was complete.

I thought I’d run through some of the things we had to look at and think about in replacing our gas water heater.

gas-water-heatersIf you own gas water heaters in your home, it may be useful to do your own gas water heater repair work yourself especially if you have done so for other home gas heaters. It would be convenient to learn how to to troubleshoot any gas hot water heater problems when they happen. You certainly don’t want to call the experts in to fix the water heater problem each time it crops up. They can be costly and besides some of the problems are easy to fix and I’ve known of many people doing some simple gas water heater repair themselves.Firstly before you can do any of such repairs, you have to understand a little about how your gas heater works.

Gas Hot Water Heater-Understand How It Works:

Since most problems people faced are water heaters that come with a water tank (and not those tank-less water heater), let’s try to understand how these gas water heaters work.

Your tank type water heater heats up cold water and uses the tank to store the hot water that has been just heated. Depending on the gas heater model you have and how cold the surrounding temperature is it may take a few minutes longer to heat the water up.

The gas water heater works using convection method. Firstly the cold water gets heated up by the gas burner of the heater and once it is heated it follows the law of physics that this heated water rises up. What follows is the hot water discharge pipe draws this hot water from the tank for your using. Now in order that the heated water retains the heat, the water storage tank is made with some standard insulated material.  It’s quite a simple theory.

How To Troubleshoot Tank Type Water Heater:

Some of the problems you may encounter from your water heater include:

  1. No hot water
  2. Water is not hot enough
  3. Dirty water
  4. Water smells
  5. Whining sound occurs
  6. Water leaks out from heater

Safety Precautions-Before You Start Troubleshoot Your Gas Heater Problems:

  1. Turn off the water supply
  2. Turn the gas pilot control valve to pilot

Most Likely Reasons For These Failures:

  1. There is no hot water – gas pilot, gas pilot control valve or gas thermocouple is not working
  2. Insufficient hot water- your dip tube may be faulty and therefore no mixing of cold and hot water in tank was possible
  3. Dirty Water – there is possible corrosion taking place inside the water tank. The anode rod, which functions to prevent any rusting, could be faulty and needs to be replaced. Such waters are contaminated by some bacteria and the water heater should not be used.
  4. Noisy heater – noise is probably due to too much sediment at the bottom of water tank. This causes overheating and water boiling which explains the noise heard.

Hope fully that has given you a breakdown of what you need to know. Thanks once again to the Space Heater Pro site without whose help we may well have not lasted.

Sandholme Fold Open Day

Today we headed off to Sandholme Fold care home for their open day – raising money for Overgate hospice. We were in good company and the day room was full of other people raising money for charity, from cake stalls to raffles – there was even a brass band and the lady Major dropped in for a visit.

Even though we are supposed to be in June, one of our best sellers was our wooly hats! Not surprising with the dreadful weather. We also completely sold out of our new flower broaches and were thrilled to raise £212 all for Overgate hospice. Not only that the open day will be featured in the local paper!




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Autumn Produce Makes Spring Chutney

Using the last of Honey Cottage’s Autumn apples, plums and onions to make chutney for spring is a great way to get the most from our crops. The spring chutney is delicious with cold meats, cheeses etc.

Chutney - before

All these ingredients made a total of 20 jars of chutney that will last for approximately one year, improving with age!

Chutney - after

Recipe: Gingerbread Biscuits

This recipe is adapted from a monthly magazine that Bernice used to read about 50 years ago called “Mother“, she has used it many times, usually to make “parkin pigs” for bonfire night (or Plot night as it is called in Yorkshire after Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder plot) but it works just as well for Christmas.

gingerbread biscuits

Gingerbread Biscuits

Put 3oz (85g) of margarine, 2 tablespoons of golden syrup and 2 tablespoons of caster sugar into a saucepan and warm through just enough to help the ingredients to mix. Meanwhile, sift 8oz (225g) of plain flour, 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger and half a teaspoon of mixed spice into a mixing bowl.

Stir the heated fat etc, into the flour mixing well. Add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda into a tablespoon of water and add to the mixture, again mixing well. Wrap in Clingfilm and leave to rest for at least an hour (longer if convenient) Dust work surface with flour and roll out the dough to about 4mm thick. Cut out the biscuits with cutters of your choice, we used reindeers as you can see, place on a baking tray lined with non stick baking paper and put in a pre heated oven, 140deg C for 10-15 minutes until browned.

Leave to cool for a few minutes then transfer to a wire tray to finish cooling.


Target Achieved for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team!

target achieved

By the end of this year, Honey Cottage Handicrafts have now achieved their target to raise £1000 for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. Thank you to everyone who supported us by buying our crafts and fresh produce. This money will make a big difference to those who are lost, injured or whose cars have broken down in the snow and bad weather across most of West Yorkshire.

Christmas Decorations now for sale on Folksy!

The Honey Cottage Handicrafts Christmas Decorations are now available to buy online at Folksy!

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Honey Cottage Recipes: Pea, Ham and Blue Cheese Spaghetti

This simple fresh and tasty pasta dish can be made in less than 10 minutes and provides a hot, hearty meal allowing you to enjoy the fresh tastes from the garden.


Cook 300g of fresh spaghetti or tagliatelle in boiling water for 3-4 minutes until tender.

At the same time, steam or boil 250g of freshly podded peas

Drain the pasta in a colander and toss through 75g of crumbled blue cheese, 2 tbsp of lightly toasted pine nuts, some sliced ready-cooked ham and some chopped parsley, season to taste.
Serves 4

Our First Craft Fair of the Season

Last night was Honey Cottage Handicrafts first craft fair of the season. Held at Bingley Little Theatre in Bradford, we brought a selection of our handmade crafts, gifts and our new Christmas range that will shortly be available online to sell.

craft fair

Our aim was to raise as much money as possible for our charity of the year, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team. With around 50 visitors, Malcolm Rogers gave an excellent speech to everyone there, explaining the great work that CVSRT do around West Yorkshire covering the area of Todmorden in the West, to Ilkley and Otley in the North and down to the M62 in the south.


Overall, the night was a great success and we were incredibly thankful to everyone for their kind donations directly to the CVSRT.

Spirits were high and everyone was in a great mood, despite the freezing weather, and our range of crochet Christmas decorations were a huge success! Most of the people there must be getting organised with their gift shopping as well as we sold a large number of Knitted Pin Cushions as well as a couple of our favourite items – the Union Jack Cushions… both items can currently be bought on Folksy.co.uk. We were also selling a range of homemade preserves from Honey Cottage Kitchen which were very popular 😀


Honey Cottage Handicrafts managed to make a grand total of £206.50p through sales, all of which will be donated to the charity alongside the generous donations that were collected. Thank you to everyone involved who helped us to move closer to our £1000 target for Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team.

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A Moorland Walk

This week Bernice at Honey Cottage tells us a tale of her experiences at Top Withens in Haworth, and compares her childhood visit in the bleak winter to one on a recent summers day.

The farm house “Top Withens”, 1,500 feet above sea level, near Haworth in West Yorkshire is the supposed site of “Wuthering Heights”- Emily Bronte’s famous gothic novel.

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The Elizabethan farmhouse, now in ruins, stands on the Trans Pennine Walk. In 1913 the house was left empty, but still had a fireplace, table, seats and a dinted enamel kettle. Ash heaped up in a rusty grate suggested visits by lonely shepherds.

In 1948, my younger brother Barry and I planned a day out and we decided to walk up to Top Withens. I was a school girl in my early teens and my brother was five years younger. It was winter time and not a soul was to be seen; only the occasional moorland sheep.

Eventually after a long, cold trek we reached the desolate farmhouse and went inside to explore. We climbed the stairs to find one big room, the roof was still in place but there was no glass in the windows. The inside walls were painted with distemper (a coloured whitewash).

On our journey back over the moors to Haworth it started to snow, we sheltered behind a stone wall and warmed ourselves with tea from a flask and ate our sandwiches.

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Recently in the Summer, on a lovely warm day, Barry and I walked again to Top Withens. We spotted small lizards basking on the dry stone walls and could hear the sky larks song as they soared in the cloudless sky. The house was still standing but time had taken its toll and all that remained were the external walls – the roof had completely gone and it was open to the elements. The Bronte Society had erected a stone plaque stating that the farmhouse was associated with “Wuthering Heights”.

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We took photographs and fed a friendly sheep. A party of school children passed us on their way back to their coach. The teacher asked one boy who was holding a clip board what improvements could be made to the surroundings? Straight away he replied, “A couple of shops would be nice!”

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Disaster Strikes in the Honey Cottage Garden!

For nearly 50 years, the Victoria plum tree has grown in the garden and has always cropped well, producing delicious fruit that we’ve annually made into chutneys, fruits and other goodies. However, this year because of the early spring the tree has grown exceptionally strongly. So strong in fact, that due to the weight of the plums last week disaster struck and a large branch broke off, blocking the path to the greenhouse!

plum tree

We quickly had to take off about 4 stone of unripe plums from the rest of the tree to prevent any more loss and to guarantee we had at least some ripe plums to enjoy later in the year. Unfortunately, those we picked were of no use as they were still unripe and had to be thrown away 🙁


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