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Complicated Having just purchased this water heater, the water went cold on using the shower.It has a very complicated timer on the front, and I am wondering if this needs setting. It has a window on the front with digital readout, ie;temperature, clock, length of time heat is on for, etc. My problem is...the Instructions are in Spanish. I have no Manual in English to help me work it all out. The problem with the shower...is it because I have to set a time??? Model..FEG 11D Plus

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  • ian_dodgevip Mar 15, 2009

    Hi, I used a dictionary for some of the translation, and worked out that the problem was the heat from it's short chimney. I placed a 6 inch stainless tube over the original chimney, and it's now working perfectly. Apparently these latest models are very sensitive.

    Regards

    Kate

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Do you or have someone in your area that read spanish?One thing you can try is to type it wor for in the computer and most compter can change it to english.

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