Question about Water Water Heaters
SOURCE: A.O. Smith Water Heater Problems
ok here is how a heater works - there is a high setting cut out and a low settin cut out. The cycle is as follows. The water heater first heats to a preset temperature , say 120 degress. You draw water and the temp in the tank drops to say 90 degrees at which point it fires again- sensing that if it doesn't you will run out of water.I think that this setting has been set too low to say 75 degrees and you get cooler water because the heater cannot catch up. You must find this control in book at set the differential to twenty degress.This will stop you from running out of hot water.Just for the record less reputable companies will do this on purpose over a coulpe visits adn tell you the heater is failing and must be replaced. Get a book. In the mean time I need your model # so I can find this setting for you.Wait to hear from you. Allen
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
SOURCE: Eratic function
it is the control valve - however not in the sense that IT is bad - the thermocouple on your unit is bad.
The purpose of the thermocouple is to convert the heat from the pilot to a miniscule amount of energy that the control valve senses letting it know the pilot is present... a default safety so gas does not fill the house!
With no pilot (which you have) or no SIGNAL to the control valve, it will not open to allow the burners fuel for ignition.
Sometimes the thermocouple is out of position (should be at the tip of the pilot light)...
Sometimes it is covered in soot, and can be cleaned with a fine sandpaper...
Sometimes it needs to be replaced altogether.
Most thermocouples are generic, but some are a specific value. Check with your manufacturer for a part #.
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Posted on Feb 09, 2009
AO smith manuals
GPVH series manual
You can search the manual for FV
The FV sensor shorted because it detected flammable gas
Flammable liquids (such as
gasoline, solvents, propane (LP or butane, etc.) and other substances
(such as adhesives, etc.) emit flammable vapors which can be ignited
by a gas water heater's hot surface igniter or main burner. The
resulting flashback and fire can cause death or serious burns to anyone
in the area. This water is equipped with a FV sensor for detecting the
presence of flammable vapors, see Figure 3. When the sensor detects
those vapors, the unit will shut down and not operate. Should this
happen, please refer to the troubleshooting guide on pages 28-30.
Troubleshoot step 14-15 says
replace the FV sensor
call tech assistance number that shows on water heater
AO Smith will refer you to a plumber
I don't believe homeowner can buy these parts due to Federal regulations
The shorted FV sensor probably saved you a flash-over
The cost of 2nd degree burns from a flash-over would be astronomical.
Fortunately you're ok, and the other folk in the room are ok.
In the old days.
Two guys I knew, winter 1978 Chicago, were laying VA tile using the black mastic.
They were killed and the house burned down because of the water heater.
Main office marked the event with a memo saying they still owed money on their account.
The only company with a re-settable FVIR that I'm aware right now is Bradford White
Bradford White Defender FVIR is resettable without buying parts.
Posted on Oct 25, 2010
You have electric water heater.
Inside the upper panel on water heater is a thermostat with red reset button.
1) Click the reset.
2) Put insulation back over thermostat so it is not exposed to cooler air, so it reads correct temperature.
After resetting thermostat, you will have hot water.
The reset automatically clicks off when thermostat detects temperatures in excess of 150 degrees.
The re-set is a safety device, and it keeps everything safe.
If reset will not 're-set' with cold water in the tank, then thermostat is bad, replace thermostat.
You can repair electric water heater yourself following steps on links below
If the reset clicks off again, just reset it
This is not a dangerous situation
Reset thermostat as many times as necessary until you can fix the problem
If you have trouble fixing the problem, add a comment at bottom of this page and it sends me an e-mail and I will help further
Thermostats with ECO red reset
Posted on Oct 26, 2010
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