(440) 521-5399 On this home inspection in Rocky River, Ohio our inspectors found this water heater showing signs of improper venting of the heated gases that heat the water for this home. Besides the burn patterns on the outside of the gas chamber, the excessive flaking of the bottom of this tank is another sign of heated gases getting pushed back down into the chamber and interacting with the cool bottom of this tank causing condensation to form and flaking the coating and paint off the bottom of the tank. This tank is only three years old.
Another indicator that this tank may be back-drafting is when the inspector placed his mirror along side the bonnet of the flue which hovers over the opening at the top of the tank and connects the flue that connects to the chimney, the mirror fogged up. Which is a definite indicator that carbon monoxide gasses are spilling out into the mechanical room.
Our recommendation is to have an licensed H.V.A.C. technician evaluate the flue system to the water tank and the heating system and after the technician has corrected the life threatening problem, to run a draft test to ensure the new install is working correctly.
Crown Inspection Solutions
20800 Center Ridge Rd.
Rocky River, Ohio 44116