Question about Rinnai RHFE-1004FA 38,400 BTU Energy Saver Ductless Heater - LP Gas
I live in rented premises and have the same/similar heater model. I am reluctant to pull it apart to clean it (as I know my Landlord won't bother) I can see the screws on the side and it seems to have detachable panels. My actual question is - after pulling out the bottom grill plate I found a plastic dish - is this model meant to have a water added to this dish? This is a very old model and it is fixed to the wall. It also has been giving off a bad odor. Any ideas?
It shouldn't give an odor at all unless it hasn't been run a lot or cleaned. Rinnai recommends blowing compressed air through the front grates once a year. The pan is to catch condensate from the venting system. Hot flue gases contain moisture, which is a byproduct of burning propane. When this hits anything below 212 degrees, it will condensate and collect in the pan. The heat from the unit evaporates the water, thus making it a good system of condensate disposal. However, additional water can be added daily if you have problems with dryness in the air. The only other thing that can cause a bad odor is a compromised heat exchanger. You should have it checked, and if you don't already, have a CO detector in the room
Posted on Sep 14, 2009
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