Question about Whirlpool Water Heaters
The difference between an orange flame and blue flame is the amount of air in the combustion process. SO if the flame is orange it is being starved of oxygen. The gas burns dirty and soot is generated.
Sometimes with an older heater the exhaust venturie becomes plugged and carbon monoxide is released into your home- in this case your heater would make a woof or poping sound when starting up or shutting off. This is a dangerous unsafe situation and professional help is needed.
What you can do is try to make adjustment yourself, if your confident the other situation does not exist. Your water heater should have a little deflector shield on the gas line between valve and burner (typically immediatly after the orfice). Sometimes these will have to be slide front or backwards or twisted. The adjustment of deflector shield must be opened more to make the blue hotter flame to mak eyour heater operate at peak efficiency.
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You need to get a Plumber or Appliance Tech to come out immediately and check the fuel to air ratio. You are not burning your fuel at the proper mixture. A blue flame is good, yellow-orange is bad.
Normally this is because the burner area is dirty or the pressure regulator may be set too high/low. The black marks are a sure sign that your ratio is too rich and it's just going to build up more soot and become unhealthy and dangerous.
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