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I have a power vent 2 water heater and the problem is the igniter will start the burner and it will burn for about 15 to 30 second and then the flame will go out and this will happen 3 times and then the water heater will shut off and the indicator light will flash two times

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Your water heater will have a trouble shooting list printed right on it for the sequence lights. Look at the list to see what Two flashes means and that may help you figure out what is wrong. If not, report back here and let us know how we can help you further. Douglas

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