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Igniter works but no gas

Have a powervent pvw180 . Took the bottom panel off , igniter is working but no gas present . Have turned gasvalve off ... power off ... gas valve on then power on but no ignition .

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SOURCE: Rheem PowerVent Mod# 21VP40E-1 A S/N 0197106452

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Posted on Jan 08, 2010

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Suggested order of things.

1) Read manual troubleshoot and maintenance sections
Find same-similar manual at Rheem
http://www.rheem.com/products/commercial/water_heating/commercial_gas/
http://www.rheem.com/product.aspx?id=0697944D-D79A-40C1-BDEB-875E48200DD1
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Maintenance and troubleshoot sections might help solve problem.
Download manual to your computer as a resource.

2) Post question on pro water heater forum, and include details from manual, and link to manual, so pros don't have to search Rheem commercial water heater page to find manual.
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3) Contact Rheem who will ask you for name of installer and servicing technician.

4) Call service technician.

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