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Is it necessary to have a flue when fitting a rinnai water heater in a boat? thanks

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22 yooper is right DEAD ON with this. Never take a chance with any type of appliance burning any type fuel, if you are not 100 percent trained or educated on the install, have only a licensed technician do the job, they will not intentionally install a dangerous product. Now I cannot be responsible for anyone's actions, but be very careful and research, get 10 opinions, but in this case, you have the answer. Nice job to 22yooper

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I agree with yooper. Because the Rinnai is a direct vent appliance, If you do not vent it it could re-burn products of combustion (CO2) and make Carbon Monoxide very rapidly (CO). Have you considered solar?

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A flue is necessary on all gas fired appliances to ex spell all byproducts of combustion outside living areas. Byproducts of combustion are odorless and can be deadly.

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Rinnai energysaver 556 blinking


Hi jmsocr2315,

If my description of what your heater is doing please read through to the end.

The heater is turned on and a room temperature is selected.
You can hear the noise of a small fan start, which shortly after the heater starts.
After a short period of time the heater stops and the red led begins to flash and shuts itself down.

This type of heater has a balanced flue, which means it draws air in one pipe and exhausts it out another.
Have the balanced flue checked for blockages, the problem will most likely be in the flue pipe which draws the outside cool air into the heater and not the flue pipe which blows out the hot air.
it may be full of cob webs or something else which restricts the air flow to the heater.
A service person can perform a quick test to prove the above theory. At the rear of the heater there are two pipes, one is an insulated metal pipe and the other is plastic pipe.
Disconnect the plastic pipe from the flue box and restart the heater.
If the heater runs normally this will confirm that there is a blockage.

Feb 05, 2014 | Rinnai EnergySaver 556 Air Conditioner

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Light where flashing and heat was off


Hi cobbsski,

If my description of what your heater is doing please read through to the end.

The heater is turned on and a room temperature is selected.
You can hear the noise of a small fan start, which shortly after the heater starts.
After a short period of time the heater stops and the red led begins to flash and shuts itself down.

This type of heater has a balanced flue, which means it draws air in one pipe and exhausts it out another.
Have the balanced flue checked for blockages, the problem will most likely be in the flue pipe which draws the outside cool air into the heater and not the flue pipe which blows out the hot air.
it may be full of cob webs or something else which restricts the air flow to the heater.
A service person can perform a quick test to prove the above theory. At the rear of the heater there are two pipes, one is an insulated metal pipe and the other is plastic pipe.
Disconnect the plastic pipe from the flue box and restart the heater.
If the heater runs normally this will confirm that there is a blockage.

Jan 04, 2012 | Rinnai EnergySaver 556 Air Conditioner

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Our Rinnai Infinity HWS is displaying error message 12 and no hot water is available


Hi,

The following could cause this. I would call a licensed plumber to fix this issue.

Check that the gas is turned on at the water heater and gas meter. Check for obstructions in

the flue outlet.

Ensure gas line, meter, and/or regulator is sized properly.

Ensure gas type and pressure is correct.

Bleed all air from gas lines.

Ensure proper Rinnai venting material was installed.

Ensure condensation collar was installed properly.

Ensure vent length is within limits.

Verify dip switches are set properly.

Ensure appliance is properly grounded.

Disconnect keypad.

Disconnect EZConnect™ or MSA controls to isolate the problem.

Check power supply for loose connections.

Check power supply for proper voltage and voltage drops.

Ensure flame rod wire is connected.

Check flame rod for carbon build-up.

Disconnect and reconnect all wiring harnesses on unit and PC board.

Check for DC shorts at components.

Check gas solenoid valves for open or short circuits.

Remove burner plate and inspect burner surface for condensation or debris.


The above is what #12 indicates.


No way to fix it without further hands on investigation. I seriously recommend you call a licensed plumber.


Let me know,if needed further assistance.


Hope i helped you.


Thanks for using ' Fixya ' and have a nice day!!

Jul 13, 2011 | Air Conditioners

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We have a Rinnai REH-15F-2A natural gas heater (approx 15 yrs old). it has just started going out, it doesn't leak gas. is this something repairable or beyond repair? thanks tameka


Tameka, what you described sounds like the Thermocouple or Thermopile is failing. If your heater is a Flue-less heater, the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS) which is part of the Pilot assembly, may simply need cleaning. Any of the causes I listed are repairable and would require a service technician to do it.

Hope this helped you. Please let me know.

Jul 06, 2011 | Rinnai Air Conditioners

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Have a Rinnai Energy Saver 551 F gas heater. When the heater is switched on it then turns itself off after approximately 5 minutes


Stuart, I beleive the model number you have is Rinnai, Model 151 Portable Gas Heater (Meaning it's flue-less). If that is the case, the Oxygen Depletion Sensor (ODS), which is part of the Pilot, may be clogged with dust, lint, pet hair, etc. In which case, cleaning it, with canned compressed air with a straw nozzle (like you clean your computer with) can solve the problem. Also, cleaning the entire interior of the heater is a prudent thing to do, at least once a year. A vacuum cleaner that has a hose and brush attachment works well for this. To assist you, I have included a link to "How to clean your Pilot and Burner Assembly" Demonstration, as well as a link to the Owner's Manual for you Model Rinnai Portable Gas Heater.

Cleaning Demonstration: http://www.desatech.com/techDocs/Cleaning%20Demonstrations.pdf

Owner's Manual: http://www.rinnai.com.au/images/stories/operating_instructions/Heating/Portables/Portable_Radiant_Convectors.pdf

I hope this has helped you troubleshoot and solve the problem. Please let me know. Cheers!

Jun 21, 2011 | Rinnai Air Conditioners

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My Rinnai dynamo has gone from being 'non smelly' to being quite high in emissions when in use.


Since your heater is a Flue-Less Or Vent-free (as it's called in here in the US), I suspect it needs a thorough interior cleaning. This generally is the cause of "smelly" heater. Keep in mind, flue-less heaters use interior air for combustion. So, whatever is floating in the household air (dust, lint, pet air, etc) eventually gets into the heater and clogs it up, causing incomplete combustion and odors. In addition, fresh paint odors are made worse by the heater. Rug or carpet cleaning products will do the same thing. Even days after they are cleaned. Paint smells may last for a week or more. During these times, the heater should be turned OFF and the house allowed to air out, whenever possible.

All heaters, whether they are flue-less portable heaters like yours or a vented model, should be professionally serviced annually. Usually in the Fall, before firing it up for the Winter.

In case you have misplaced your Owners Manual, I have included a link to it, that you can download and print for future reference.

http://www.rinnai.com.au/images/stories/operating_instructions/Heating/Portables/CI_Avenger_Blaze_Dynamo_Enduro.pdf


Hope this helped you troubleshoot and solve the problem. Please let me know. Thanks.

May 25, 2011 | Air Conditioners

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Rinnai direct vent heater RHFE 556WTA goes off showing code 99 which means flue block we have checked flue terminal and still have same problem. I understand their is a recall on some please let us know...


Remove the top panel closest to the wall after you remove filter. Check all the connections for exhaust and air intake. You can remove the air intake pipe (looks like a smaller diameter vacuum cleaner hose but Gray in color) and run the unit with it off of the vent. If unit starts and stays on, the inducer blower is getting weak and will need to be replaced. There is also two small hoses (clear and blue) that may have come off the vent or even cracked or chewed by a mouse. Inspect them for cracks or damage. You may have to take off the right side panel closest to the wall to get to the hoses. Next, remove the many screws that hold the front panel on the heater. Take off the front cover and check to make sure all the hoses are connected and that the inducer fan runs. You can even take a shop vacuum and put it over the center hole on the vent to make sure something is not lodged inside where you can't see it.

Yes there is a recall for a gasket that deteriorates over time. It is located at the view port of the flame. Contact Rinnai at (US) 8006219419 for details.

Hope this helps.

Feb 24, 2011 | Rinnai RHFE-556WTA Direct Vent Heater NG...

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How far does a rennai 26 have to be from a air condition unit motor?


Distance from the flue to a mechanical air inlet for the Rinnai which has a fan assisted flue is one metre. I this is just the air con motor on a split system it is not really an inlet. However exhaust flue temperatures are hot so I would use the 1 metre rule in this case.

(Just for your reassurance i and I also used to teach gas fitting at the trade schools on occasions am a licensed gas fitter. Also worked for Rinnai for a few years)

Jul 23, 2010 | Air Conditioners

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Error code 11 on a Rinnai energysaver 556FTR


Rachel,

The 11 code means Missed Ignition. This is a broad error code. It just means the stove did not light when it was supposed to. I would check the fuel first to be sure the valve is on and you have gas. Next, try to start the stove with the room dark. Look into the window to confirm a sparking. This is the igniter. At the same time be sure the combustion motor is running. You should be able to hear it and feel the stove to confirm this. If the motor does not turn or the flue is blocked you will not get any gas to flow. Look outside to confirm the flue is not blocked.

Keep us posted,

Tom

May 29, 2010 | Rinnai EnergySaver 556 Air Conditioner

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Code 99 flash after 5 min and then turn off


Flue block or venting disconnected. You could be getting cross contamination or the flue termination could be iced up. Check it out closely. There is also a recall from Rinnai for a retrofit kit. Contact your gas service provider with the serial number of the unit and they will tell you if yours is under the recall.

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