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Error code C4 76. Water heater shuts off (only with shower use). Will reset and work 4-5 min. then off agin. works fine from sinks. Unit is app 3 years old and did work fine.

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http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

C7 76 is communication fault with remote control.
Remote is connected to tankless with a wire.
Usually you remove wires from terminals on tankless, and see if tankless functionality returns.
If tankless works fine, then it will heat to default 120 degrees.
Clean terminals and put them back.
If problem returns, then problem is then narrowed to bad wire, bad remote control, or problem inside tankless.
Since new remote control costs about $99, it might be cheaper to have service technician review the problem and catch up with maintenance.
Error codes are considered starting points for troubleshoot since error can have different soultion than same error on another unit.

Read manual for advisories, error codes, and required maintenance.
For example tankless might require monthly water filter cleaning, and yearly de-liming, and yearly burner cleaning.
Your service technician can advise what is typical for your region, since altitude, incoming water temperature, quality of water, water pressure, venting, are factors for maintaining water heater.

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