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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM ON 2 OF THESE. I CALLED THE COMPANY AND THEY SENT ME A COMPLETE NEW VENT KIT WITH A DAMPER AT THE OUTSIDE WALL. HAVE HAD NO TROUBLE SINCE INSTALLING
Posted on Jan 25, 2010
I have a 40 gal richmond water heater with power vent and had a similar roblem. I call to talk to a tech and he suggested the vacuum switch. I ordered on line. It was $43 plus shipping and I installed it and it did the job. I happy.
Posted on Nov 05, 2010
SOURCE: I have a richmond power
Fastest way to solve water heater problem is call plumber or service technician.
Open following link for typical error codes for intellivent gas valve found on newer Richmond/Rhemm power-vent gas water heaters:
There is no 100% sure way for novice to repair gas water heater.
This is because electrical parts have to ohm-tested using information from service manual that is typically not sent with new water heater.
Also parts have to be cleaned. The gas pressure checked, air in gas line removed, burner tubes and pilot tube and combustion chamber cleaned, burner parts inspected for problems, air intake cleaned, exhaust vent tested.
Best way for do-it-yourselfer to solve water heater problems is to learn as much as possible about specific model by reading product manual that comes with new heater.
The manual will show error codes.
Then keep up with yearly service recommendations shown in manual.
Posted on Aug 04, 2011
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.
3) Richmond is Rheem. Product manual will show specifications for venting.
Product warranty is voided if installation does not follow specifications shown in manual.
Posted on Feb 20, 2013
Sounds like a pressure switch or simular sensing device that is not proving positive, thus a possible vent blockage or defective sensing device.
Posted on Mar 05, 2013
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