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We lost our manual to a Rudd water heater that is only 1 1/2 years old. It's a power vent mode4l pvp40FW With a mfg date of 12/07. My e-mail is GeneandSandee@msn.com Can you tell me how to get one and how to contact the company about warranty? Phone 319-235-1101 Thank You, Sandee Schwickerath

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Model #22vr75-70n how long is factory warranty good for from time of purchase?


Warranties vary from 6 years or more. The more expensive water heaters have warranties of 12 years. I could not find out how long the warranty is on your model.

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I have a 20 year old Ruud gas water heater with a power vent. The model is PVP 40-1. Sometimes it will not heat water. The power vent is running but neither the ignitor or the burner is. If I turn off the...


My guess is the ignitor needs replacing (old and has built up too much internal resistance). Even though it still works at times, I would suspect it first, even if it glows during an ignition cycle.

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I have a 20 year old Ruud gas water heater with a power vent. The model is PVP 40-1. Sometimes it will not heat water. The power vent is running but the burner is not. If I turn off the power switch and...


Hi Rick,

First of all, no one has a 20 year old water heater! What have you been feeding it? Distilled water ???.

While a smart a$& might suggest a new water heater (hey, at that age, it's gotta be on it's last legs and if you don't have an insulating blanket, standby costs are probably very high), but I'm not an S.A.

Power ventilators generally have a pressure sensor somewhere on the air side that tells the system the vent fan is operating, before turning on the ignitor (do you have a standing pilot?) or the main gas valve. The air sensor may look like a bellows with a tube attached.

I'm puzzled that power reset puts things right... What gas switch are you referring to? Do you mean main gas valve?

If the issue is not the vent sensor I mentioned, may be time for the big kids or a new unit. Oooops, I'm not an SA. ??

all the best

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Have a 40 gallon ruud power vent cant get sensor for 3 days how do i bypass it until then


Not sure, but there are service manuals by type of gas control valve. However Rheem/ Rudd have no service manuals available for their products:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#blower
Another pro resource. EJ is the resident gas water heater pro:
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/
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Have 75 gallon gas water heater. Can I run 90 PVC off top power vent without vertical PVC first? Have Richmond unit.


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.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#venting

3) Richmond is Rheem. Product manual will show specifications for venting.
Product warranty is voided if installation does not follow specifications shown in manual.

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My Rheem tankless water heater has been flashing a C8 and 76 code. I can turn off the heater using the power button on the unit, but my hot water will only last for a shower or so. Any suggestions? ...


Before calling service technician, open following link for troubleshoot resources including Rheem chat and contact, possible manual, error codes, etc.:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

C8 76 is generally bad PC board. Call 800-432-8373
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Various sensors gather information from water pipes, gas line, vent pipe, and air supply to determine when to activate burner.
Most people understand that when their computer motherboard needs replacement, that computer will probably not work reliably again.

Tankless is basically connecting a complex computer to your plumbing and electrical lines and to a gas burner with a vent pipe to outdoors, despite knowing that plumbing lines, vent pipes, gas burners, and household electrical systems have plenty of problems on their own.

Age factor: When tankless is new and everything operates perfectly, the tankless works correctly.
And each tankless manual recommends yearly and monthly maintenance, just to maintain operation, the cost of which can exceed the expected 1-8$ monthly savings. And who wants to clean the water filter each month and delime the exchanger every year?
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Tankless-maintenance.pdf

Don't buy a tankless water heater because the only folks promising unlimited hot water and effortless water heating experience while saving money with a tankless are the tankless promotors.

Solve most tankless problems yourself, same day, any brand for about $350.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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You're probably in for a service call and/or possibly water heater replacement if unit is more that 5-6 years old.
Your water heater plugs into outlet. Check outlet with cheap circuit analyzer to make sure the unit is receiving correct polarity without line interference.
If unit is in the attic, then add more venting to soffit and roof so pilot is not being snuffed out by hot air. If unit is in basement, then open some doors and a window and see if unit needs more air.
Most gas water heaters require yearly cleaning and service.
Clean the combustion parts and tubes.
Clean the air intake.
Have gas company check gas pressure.
Open following link for possible illustrations:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html#troubleshoot

The problem can be bad gas control valve, air in gas line, low gas pressure, gas shut off handle not fully parallel with gas line, dirty combustion parts, lack of combustion air, improper venting. Or combination of all things. It's an electronic gizmo, anything can be bad or shorted, and repair may not last long.

Without a trained service technician to ohm-test the parts using correct service manual, then we are guessing at the cause.

Power vent water heater implies that you have side wall venting which must be replaced with another side-wall vented unit -or- it implies rapid reheating of water.

If water heater is more than 6 years old, you might be money ahead by installing a new one from local box store. Avoid the power vent and electronics. Local box store will have passive roof-venting type water heater BUT box store does not sell side-wall power vent. If your power vent goes up through the roof, then box-store variety gas water heater will work. Total cost $350 do-it-yourself for 40 gallon gas.
Or get 40 gallon 240Volt electric for $220 and connect to circuit breaker box. Requires no venting, and is easy to repair for years to come.
Or small 120Volt electric that plugs into outlet to tide you over until gas repairs can be made.
Look for scratch-n-dent models and always offer 10% off.
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Size of the exhaust vent pipe on a 75 gallon gas water heater? Is it the same size as on a 50 gallon water heater. Brand is GE, mfg 2008


I believe it takes 4" vent pipe up to 100,000 BTU
BTUs are shown on label side of tank.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Gas-venting-specs.pdf

Does new water heater have power vent? What does manual say?
Are you experiencing vent problem now? When you light a match and put it under vent stack, does smoke immediately get pulled upward? Are furnace and waster heater connected to same venting. Is there dark exhaust stain around vent hood? Does exhaust vent back out of vent hood when furnace kicks on? Are flue pipes stained with rust and white coating? Are vent pipes vertical, or are there level runs? Are the pipes made of galvanized and screwed together with 3 screws at each joint?

Frankly I would double-triple-check any internet answer dealing with possible CO poisoning at your home.
1) Ask local plumber for specific code in your area.
2) Call gas company
3) Post question on pro water heater forum:
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/
4) Read whole manual for new water heater before buying.
5) Contact manufacturer.

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it may be the thermal coupling that is bad for the pilot light. if it goes bad the flame will go out. replace thermal coupling. so if the pilot light is out then it will not heat water. or turn burner on.

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