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There was a bird nest in the blower outlet pipe causing my Rheem Power Vent 2 to stop working. I cleaned out the nest but now it won't restart. I have tried turning it off then back on. The indicator light is flashing in sequence of four rapid flashes. Any ideas on how to solve this?

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You will need to take the vent off and blow it out to make sure noe of the nest is still in also look inside the blower and make sure there are no dead birds, or debris in the blower, it is vary hot air and would not be the first time an animal got freid inside the vent,,,,

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Straight run to roof.
Atmospheric means no power vent... just hot air drafting upwards
Google search: gas vent height code

Atmospheric venting code depends on 4 basic factors:
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BTU per hour rating of water heater-- the more gas that is burned per hour, the bigger the vent needs to be
How straight the pipe is -- are there any horizontal or lateral runs
http://www.ameri-vent.com/files/assets/files/1366372183_Sizing26ApplicationGuide1.pdf

http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Bosch_Checking_the_draft.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/checking-the-draft2.pdf

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-vent termination near high walls, trees, high roof peak etc will reduce draft or cause downdraft
-amount of incoming air supply... if water heater is inside a closed room, then there is no air to draft up the pipe, burner will shut down or burn lazy yellow instead of clear blue
-stuff piled up around water heater that obstructs air intake
-dirty air intake screen that reduces air intake
-vent fans inside same room as water heater that pull air down the vent and cause reduction in water heater draft
-generally elbows reduce draft by 10%
-vent cannot terminate near any window door or air intake for another gas appliance
-bird build nest on top of vent pipe after vent termination falls off
-highly acidic gas by-product causes large amount of condensation inside pipe that burns hole in pipe or drips down and damages combustion parts...blower and inline condensate trap and drain might be required
-multiple water heaters installed on same vent line.

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1) I believe you can immediately elbow the PVC pipe.
There is a limit for how many elbows can be used between blower and termination, and limit is determined by diameter of PVC pipe.

2) Copy following link for venting resources and typical Rheem and Richmond power vent manuals, and diameter-elbow pdf from Bradford White.
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3) Richmond is Rheem. Product manual will show specifications for venting.
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Copy following link to identify gas control valve, read error code meanings for each, and download service manual relevant to each gas control, but not specifically Rheem since rheem does not post service manuals.
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The fact that water heater restarts, means that water heater is getting gas, getting sufficient air for combustion, thermister is ok, gas pressure is good, etc.
The fact that you unplug and replug water heater and it works, shows that you have power vent model.
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As general rule, gas water heater manuals recommend professional service once a year that would cover most items listed above.
To see images, and for more reading and resources, look at your product manual and open following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#clean

Richmond/Rheem sells power vent blower assembly that cost about $300.
Your product manual shows part numbers.
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I am uncertain from your description exactly where water is coming from.

I want you to protect yourself first.

Read following page to help identify source of leak:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

If your vent pipe is spitting water back on top of water heater, then the problem is not the water heater. Problem could be poor venting.
Water heater is putting odorless CO gas into home, and will kill you. Give you headaches, make you feel sick until you go outside and get fresh air.

Call a plumber please if flue pipe is problem.

Here's how to check if flue pipe is drafting properly:
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The vent on all gas appliances has to be working properly.
Look for missing top of vent pipe located on roof.
If cover is missing, a bird might built a nest on end of pipe, or leaves have fallen into pipe which is a fire hazard.

If flue pipe goes into chimney, you should call a plumber.
A plumber is cheaper than potential health problems with improper flue.

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