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tsherv 05-20-2009 02:27 PM

Rheem water heater gas valve issue
 
I have a Rheem 40 gallon powervent gas water heater (model# 21VP40E-1). This morning we had no hot water. The powervent fan runs. About every 5 minutes or so, the igniter clicks a bunch, and has a good flame by the burner plate, but the burner plate will not ignite, and after about a minute, the pilot flame goes out. It will go through this cycle a few times, and then suddenly after several tries, the burner plate finally ignites, and heats the water. When the burner plate ignites successfully, I can hear the gas control valve "click" and then the burner plate will ignite. When the burner plate fails to ignite, I don't hear the gas valve click.

I talked to a guy at a water heater parts store, and he said he is 80% sure it's the gas control valve. I'm thinking of just buying it and taking the chance that's the issue. The price is $135.

My question is, how hard is this replace? It looks like it's 3 gas fittings (main line, burner tube, and igniter tube. I'm assuming I just need to put thread sealer (tape) on all of the fittings. Besides that, is it just a couple mounting bolts?

Any advice would be appreciated!

Thanks,

Troy

plumber Jim 05-24-2009 01:41 PM

Sounds like a bad or dirty flame sensor rod to me. use a dollar bill and clean the white stuff off of it.

hayewe farm 05-24-2009 02:46 PM

I agree with plumber Jim. Then flame sensor usually looks like thishttp://thm-a02.yimg.com/image/86820c7df696eec0 or http://thm-a04.yimg.com/image/874778bdc9536c82. Ash residue on the tip insulates it so it doesn't heat up like it should. Clean the sensor and try again. Replacing the gas valve should be done by a pro to make sure there is no leaks and to make the proper adjustments.

al's sewer 05-25-2009 08:51 AM

Don't mess with gas!!! let a pro do it.

tsherv 05-26-2009 10:38 AM

Problem solved!
 
You guys were right, the problem was the sensor was dirty. I removed the burner, cleaned everything up and it all works fine! Thanks for the help!


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