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I have an electronic gas valve on my water heater and I'can't start it,the red led is flahsing 4 times and indicated that problem is overheat failure.

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Hi,
Trying turning off all the power waiting a few minutes and then reappling power...then watch the operation. It would seem as though the thermostat has failed and it is not shutting off the gas valve, so the heater gets to hot and trips the saftey...recycling the power should reset it. If not then look for the high limit saftey and reset it by pushing the little red button in again to reset it.

Not sure exactly what you may find as you did not give a model number for your water heater, but this should give you a general idea of how to go about getting hot water again...

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http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/How-to-replace-water-heater-gas-valve.pdf

2) Copy following link to identify gas control valve:http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent
3) Link above has general troubleshoot information concerning each gas control.
4) If FV system tripped due to clogged air intake, then can shut down gas control.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-repair-Rheem-FVIR.html

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2) If sediment builds up inside tank, it will cover thermostat probe and cause probe to malfunction.
Tank can have sediment flakes build-up and still drain perfectly clean water.

3) There are 2 general types of Honeywell electronic gas controls valves installed on Whirlpool heaters.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent
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4) Remove thermostat from tank to reveal 3/4" opening.
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More information is needed.
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Add a comment with more information from label on side of tank.

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1) I believe this system has White Rodgers intellivent gas valve, with led indicator lights.
To test if valve is operational:
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3) Open following link for AO Smith manuals and service handbooks.
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http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Bradford-White-service-manual.pdf
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