Whirlpool Flame Lock water heaters, reviews, troubleshooting, repair and support.
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A readers email,
I read the thread regarding the Whirlpool Flame Lock water heaters. I also own a Whirlpool Flame Lock water heater like those described (FG1H4040T3NOV), and have had the same problem several times. Last week the thermocouple burned out again, and Whirlpool insists that the problem is related to the air intake screen.
I replaced the thermocouple (which I think I could now do blindfolded), but this time tried something else. I popped out the round viewing plug that allows you to see the pilot light when lighting and checking the water heater. I'm sure it isn't recommended, but my water heater is no where near combustible material or vapors, so I'm not worried about it. I originally popped out the plug the day the water heater was installed because the ignitor wasn't working and I resorted to using a match on a long stick. At that time I replaced the viewing plug. In removing it after this last thermocouple replacement the water heater now has a new source for air that is approximately 1" in diameter.
Other than the safety aspects, which I believe are minimal, do you think this will supply enough fresh air to the burner compartment to keep the thermocouple from burning up?
Tim in Fort Worth
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Here is an update from Master Plumber Mark
I am getting calls from all over the USA stating that Whirlpool will
not send out free parts any longer to the older heaters...
THE RECALL PERIOD IS OVER on that older flame lock heater and
they are telling everyone to pound rocks up their butts ...
They will send new parts but at the low low price of about $$179.00 plus shipping..
so most folks I talk to see the writeing on the wall and just install a better brand
Basically the free-bees are over now and their whole tone on the phone has gone to one of acting like they care to totally snotty and could care less....
their newer heaters 2006--2010 are still giving them fits but they are not
willing to help much more than sending one set of parts... and now they are trying to place the blame on bad gas, bad ventilation ect....
Flame Locks ARE PIECES OF JUNK
I am presently repairing about 2 -5 of these dogs a month...
for an average of $250 with me supplying parts
go look at my web page to see what is wrong
with this brand of water heater.......
you got to clean the bottom of the heater screen
or all your troubles are in vain.........
These units need to be cleaned about 3 times a year
becasue they suck up lint and hair like a vaccuum sweeper...
its all there with actual pics of the problem.....
just scroll down to the WHIRLPOOL SECTION
and its all there for the world to see
IN MY HONEST OPINION
the people -that desigend this water heater at
AMERICAN WATER HEATERS are
totally incompetent morons......
someone, someday, is going to get seriously burned or killed
tampering with this brand themsleves
and then their will be a major RECALL, and LAWSUIT
and I hope that-- LOWES , WHIRLPOOL< and AMERICAN WATER HEATERS
who makes this piece of JUNK gets the pants
sued off of all of them..
for still selling them to an unsuspecting public...
(for about $100 dollars less than I can put a good one in for)
I am makeing pretty good money repairing them every week,
but I would rather seem them re-called and taken off the market
dust, lint, cat hair, dog hair, people hair.....ect
everyone knows about this
everyone knows about this problem but the consumer...
Lowes knows, whirlpool knows, american water heaters know
they sell them because peopel think that they are
saveing a substantial amount of money over having a
plumber install one for them....
people dont factor in LABOR ISSUES into that cheap price
when they buy it.... so they pay through the nose
some people have paid for repairs more than once in less than a year..
I feel that someone is bribeing someone in high places
to keep this situatioin from becomming a major recall for
AMERICAN WATER HEATERS which is presently
owned by some canadians. lol
good luck and be careful whatever you do...