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My water meter runs at random any time of day or nite for no reason at all. I am on rural water and live in the country. I had the meter changed and it made no difference. I have isolated the water

My water meter runs at random any time of day or nite for no reason at all. I am on rural water and live in the country. I had the meter changed and it made no difference. I have isolated the water heater, toilet and the rest of the fixtures in the house when it runs and nothing seems to help. It will run anywhere from 3 seconds to 9 minutes. I have a drive-by reader on it and someone suggested maybe the power from this would make it run??? The water company has no suggestions for the unwanted usage. Any suggestions?? I have no leaks. When it quits running it is as if a person just turned the faucet off.

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No idea if your having the same problem,but if you have houses on both sides of you go to one or the other and some how ask to use there bathroom and have someone watch your meter at your home. flush the pot and use some water at both places. If meter moves you got it. I had a rental and the water was on 2 house with the meter in one found this out after I bought it.

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SOURCE: PTG2-42PVN - When I turn on water heater it runs

C4/13 refers to the "flow control valve".
And if you are getting a C8/13 code, this refers
the last sequence in the "burner ignition".

You should contact Rheem at this link:
or call 1-800-432-8373 and they can recommend a local installer in your area.

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SOURCE: I have a recently installed richmond water heater. When the shower is running and someone turns the faucet on in the kitchen the water gets drastically colder in the shower. We didnt have that problem

Which type Richmond water heater?
Is this a tankless water heater or tank-type?

Tankless are notorious for 'cold water sandwich' under exact conditions you describe. You might need tankless with larger BTU burner.
Don't install a tankless.

If you have tank-type water heater, then I suspect a clog in the hot water line, or single-handle faucet cartridge in show is going bad.
Same problems can contribute to tankless problems.

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To get accurate number will require work on your part:
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