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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Rinnai RHFE 1001FA
i have a rinnai rhfe 1001fa heater and when its real cold sometimes it will shut down all the lights go out and i have to shut it off then turn it back on and sometimes it still wont start and i will leave it of for a day or two then try it and it will work it seems to act up more when its colder i am running it this fall so far no problems this unit is around a 1994 or so and has not given any trouble till this started last winter
Posted on Sep 19, 2007
The Low code indicates that the heater did not start because of lack of gas or that the flame rod did not sense enough heat. Make sure all gas valves are on and if you use propane gas, that it has gas in the tank.
Assuming all gas is on, you will need to remove the front cover by first pulling off the very bottom trim piece. This is located below the louvers and by grasping both left and right sides of this trim, pull toward you. It is just held in place by little clips. Now taking a very new #2 Philips head screwdriver, remove 2 screws found on the extreme left louvered section of the front. Then 2 more on the extreme right. Two more near the center of the louvers. Now I think there are two more holding the bottom in. Gently move back and forth the front panel starting at the bottom and work out the clips at the top just below the instrument area. Be careful to not break any of the clips at the top. With the front off, at about the 5 o'clock position you will see a very small round hole with glass over it. Start the heater and look to see if it ignites and stays on for a second or two. If it does but goes out very quickly, you may have a corroded flame sensor. The flame sensor is located by looking into the small hole and up to the 11 o'clock position. All it is is a probe that sticks down. The only way to get to it is by removing the small window section of the heater and use a wire brush used to clean a gun and brush it. Or very gently take a thin but long regular screwdriver and scrape off the probe. Be careful not to damage the fragile white gasket when taking off the sight port.
If the heater never started, you have a restriction in the gas train. Typically I find that spiders make a nest inside the gas burner because the bugs they eat likes the gas smell. The only way to get to their web is to remove the burner from the unit and clean it. This is not an easy part to remove and suggest you call a technician.
Posted on Nov 04, 2007
SOURCE: Rinnai wall heater won't lite.
You may need to take the pilot assembly apart and clean the pilot orifice. If the pilot does not stay lite you may need a new thermocouple. Good Luck.
Posted on Mar 29, 2008
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