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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
hook up garden hose to faucet @ the bottom of the tank and drain the hose to the outdoors or down a floor drain and open the valve , leaving the cold supply valve on , let it run until it runs clear , this will get rid of some of the sediment deposit that form at the bottom of tank , is the most effective way i know , good luck
Posted on Dec 31, 2009
SOURCE: The pilot light went out
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When you say the gas control pieces, I assume you mean you replaced your entire gas valve with a generic dial-type gas valve.
You replaced thermocouple, but you did not replace burner assembly that includes the pilot tube.
Your other gas appliances are working fine.
You have not installed a new gas furnace with a blower that is vented up the same chimney as the water heater.
You have put your hand near the vent hood to see if there is backflow coming into the water heater when the furnace turns on.
You have removed the vent hood to give you access to the vent pipe, and you lit a match and the smoke from that match drafted upwards. You have done the lighted-match test when the furnace turns on which reveals the general condition of the venting stack.
You have checked your outdoor vent stack to make sure there is no obstruction, or the vent hood is not missing.
The burner flame on the water heater is a clear blue color with very little yellow. This shows the quality of the combustion air and reveals if amount of gas flowing to burner is restricted.
Reliance is an AO Smith company
The site doesn't have a manual for the 501
I e-mailed Reliance several weeks ago asking for a 501 manual.
They send a generic gas water heater manual with no troubleshooting
Link above shows a typical Reliant heater, the 616
Age of your water heater can be seen on serial number.
The two numbers following first letter are the year water heater was made.
Troubleshooting begins on pg 29
Troubleshoot flowchart begins on page 31
The new gas water heaters have the FVIR system so troubleshooting includes that information.
I don't think the 501 would have a FVIR flammable vapor prevention because it is older
The new systems have an igniter
The troubleshoot flowchart gives valuable information
Posted on Oct 30, 2010
SOURCE: I have a reliance 805pv
OK, make sure your ON-Pilot-OFF knob is turned to "ON" after you light the pilot. Then make sure the temperature dial is not set at vacation setting. It should be set to atleast mid range between low and high at the "A" or triangle symbol, depending on what dial you have. It will take 20-30 minutes for the water to get hot, but the burner should come on right away after it has been relit. If not, you may have to call your local gas co to look at it. Douglas
Posted on Jan 06, 2011
SOURCE: red light flashing on
More information is needed.
Open following link to help identify your gas valve and access error code.
Add a comment and say which gas valve matches.
Then add what code is blinking for possible help.
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Posted on May 31, 2011
SOURCE: red light is flashing on
You have tank-type water heater, but type of water heater and control is not known.
For possible help, add a comment and say if you has gas or electric water heater and describe what type of gas valve or control box is giving the error code.
Open following link to identify some basic types of controls:
Posted on Jul 08, 2011
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