Government safety!!! here is how it works, water
I see you posed a complaint about government regulation of gas water heaters under Reliance electric water heater.
You should have been here at fixya for the guy yelling about his water heater not working after he painted the basement floor.
That dang government-mandated FVIR tripped and it saved a flashover.
It saved his life, and he didn't appreciate it, because he doesn't know how to read.
He thinks his world experience is all that needs to be known.
He never rose to management and never had to make long term decisions that affect other folks, and so he doesn't care about others.
Now if you didn't do your reading before-n-after buying a gas water heater, you won't know you're supposed to take apart and clean your combustion area and burner each year to prevent problems.
If you weren't aware of air intake located on bottom of water heater, then you might not know to set your water heater on bricks so you can easily clean the screen.
If you didn't read information and ask question from qualified folks before buying your water heater, you wouldn't know that Bradford White has a customer-resettable FVIR, while most other companies require you to buy parts and/or call a plumber.
If you don't read product information at Lowes, you might not be aware that new Whirlpool water heaters come with customer-resettable FVIRs.
If you don't read, then you don't know what FVIR stands for.
So let me tell you what FVIR stands for: When I was 27 in the tile business in Chicago, 1977, my brother and two helpers were laying VA tile in a basement using old black mastic. My brother stepped out. The whole basement blew up. It killed those boys dead. My brother missed it by a minute.
They were my friends.
You probably didn't read the paper that day to discover that black mastic was petroleum-based and was ignited by the water heater. Few years later the government banned use of that mastic because people were getting burned and killed all the time. Laying black mastic was like sitting in gasoline.
Those boy's families never forgot that lesson.
Maybe it's time for you to start reading and assume responsibility instead of repeating what you heard on TV.
Reliance & 50gal...
on May 13, 2014