Originally Posted by DIY_novice
Thank you TAVIYO !! Like you, I had been painting in my basement with oil-based paint (painting walls). I even had the windows open. Next day, no hot water! Not so helpful manual says to call qualified repair person. Yes, I can see point (it is a huge safety issue after all) . . . but still. Tried resetting myself by unplugging and plugging back in. Did not work.
A friend found your post. You saved me $165 in labor ($65 "diagnostic charge" + minimum $100 trip charge). They also were quoting me an additional $100 to replace the FV Sensor.
So THANK YOU again !!
Well this is just fantastic
I also painted my basement with oil based paint on Sunday with the window open but it being early March I had to close the window because it is cold. I also cleaned my brush and roller in mineral spirits which I left in the pan for about 4 hours. (not the brush and roller)
Well come Tuesday morning no hot water...WTF
I get home tonight from work and school and still no hot water so I decided to read my owners manual after I see odd lights on the control panel. (the house stinks from the paint and mineral spirits)...the manual shows it is locked down because of the vapors
Glad I found this post. Last time I will use oil based paint and mineral spirits in the basement. Now I have to let everything air out and try the OPs method and pray I have hot water tomorrow night. Cold shower tomorrow morning
Also found this on the internet. Helpful for AO Smith units with Intelli-Vent gas control
1 Manual reset is accomplished by first, turning off power to the water heater for 10
2 Restore the power to the water heater.
3 Within 10 seconds of restoring power, press the two temperature adjust buttons
simultaneously until the left (green) “Vacation” LED begins to blink (approx. 5 second
delay). Once the Vacation LED begins to blink, release both buttons.
4 Again, within 10 seconds, press both temperature adjust buttons simultaneously until the
Vacation LED is on steady (approx. 5 second delay).
5 Release the two buttons, the microcomputer will clear the FVS lock-out and normal
operation will then be restored.