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Bradford White hot water heater - burner lights only 30 seconds

I have a 10 yr old Bradford White gas hot water heater producing only slightly warm water. The blower runs constantly and the burner lights for only about 30 seconds very infrequently. When I was able to see the flame very briefly it appeared very yellow.

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The slightly warm water makes me think of a thermostat problem. The fact that the heater is 10 years old I wonder how hard your water is. Calcium build up kills water heaters. But the yellow flame you mention could be the results of dirty orfices. May want to have a Pro look at that.

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