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Old 03-14-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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About five years i bought a Whirlpool gas fired 40 gal water heater.
A couple years later it failed. Whirlpool sent me a replacement assembly that included the pilot light thermocoupler, therm safety switch, et. al.

I managed to successfully install it and the water heater worked. A couple of times it stopped working. I had to clean the air vents under the unit. (Is this a stupid design or what?)

Last week it stopped working again. I've called Whirlpool four time. It's still not working. They want be to buy a volt meter then unscrew a copper line and check for voltage.
At this point I 'm going to buy another water heater.

I'm looking for recommendation for good 40gal gas fired water heaters.

Thanks,

Hermes.

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Whirlpool is just walking you through the normal diagnostic steps. Volt meters are part of troubleshooting.
But if you want a new heater I vote for rheem or bradford white

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I think Rheem's have some of the same problems. Look like Bradford White for me if i can find it in my area. Or maybe tanksless if it's not too expensive.

http://www.plumbingzone.com/f2/ameri...efective-6009/
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Lochinvar is another thought well of, I think.
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I think Rheem's have some of the same problems. Look like Bradford White for me if i can find it in my area. Or maybe tanksless if it's not too expensive.

http://www.plumbingzone.com/f2/ameri...efective-6009/
Nothing wrong with Rheem. I have install a heck of a lot of them with no problems.

On the other hand Whirlpool, State and Reliance water heater SUCK problem after problem.
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OK. Where is the air intake on the Rheem?

Turns out the problem with my Whirlpool a bad thermocoupler. Replaced it and all is well ,, for now. . . . ( I had previously replaced the manifold door assembly)
Stopped by Lowes to pick up replacement and was stunned to see they're still stock/sell the same defective model with the upgraded door manifold assembly.
Unbelievable.

I'll add RHeem to the short list. What do you think of GE 40gallon gas fired tanks.
I saw one at Home Depot it looked pretty good. air intake on the side of the tank not the bottom, brass drain valve & self cleaning whatever that means.
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About five years i bought a Whirlpool gas fired 40 gal water heater.
A couple years later it failed. Whirlpool sent me a replacement assembly that included the pilot light thermocoupler, therm safety switch, et. al.

I managed to successfully install it and the water heater worked. A couple of times it stopped working. I had to clean the air vents under the unit. (Is this a stupid design or what?)

Last week it stopped working again. I've called Whirlpool four time. It's still not working. They want be to buy a volt meter then unscrew a copper line and check for voltage.
At this point I 'm going to buy another water heater.

I'm looking for recommendation for good 40gal gas fired water heaters.

Thanks,

Hermes.
bradford white all the way

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