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Rheem power vent motor doesn't shut off

I have a rheem power vent 50 gallon gas hot water tank, it is about 9 years old and was working good untill today. The power vent is constantly running it doesn't shutt off. It suppose to turn on only when the heater is on. However I am still getting hot water, please help.

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There could be blockage in your water heaters venting on the outside of the home. It sound like the high limit switch has been tripped. Try unplugging the tank and plugging it back in. this will reset the tank. if the problem persists you will want to call your provider for service.

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