the new whirlpool design water heater
A visit from the DARK SIDE
looks like the " Dummies at Whirlpool"
Originally Posted by Whirlpoolwaterheaterhelp
have finally taken notice of this thread..
I doubt this fellows name is Chris...
better odds its some indian name like Rahma.. or Bagwan
I am getting a few calls a week from all over the USA on this junk..
the new one they have made looks very nice but I would wager that they
did not put any R+D into the design before they massed produced it and dumped it on
the consumers in this country........ I would give teh new unit about a year
and all hell with start breaking loose ...again......
To the folks at Whilrpool... R+D stands for "research and development"
...you are supposed to test your product for long time in real world situations
before you sell the product....to the public.......
you are supposed to pass UL rateings and antsi standards which I highly doubt
you have done with this new product......
IMHO. you probably "bought a waiver" from the government and they let you slide
on passing the UL and antsi regualtions... ..
dont worry Whirlpool,
we have been repairing this junk and dealing with your screw-ups since 2001.
I dont mind doing it for another decade because its pretty good money..
so keep up the good work....
Looks like the thermostat fix has worked longterm
It has been nearly two and a half years since I replaced the gas valve/thermostat and thermocouple on mine (fully reimbursed by Lowe's) and it is still running. Reports of the problem have faded away so it looks like the Unitrol/Robert Shaw gas valve manufacturing problem has been resolved. (Note that this same gas valve was on the Rheem's at the time and I saw some reports of the same problem developing with them.) Thanks to Curlysir for providing the documentation that confirmed my suspicions about the source of the problem.
2 calls a week on average
I disagree with you about this.....
Originally Posted by Runs with bison
we are still getting on average about 2 calls a week on
whirlpool water heaters in Indiaiapolis... most are 2008-10 units....
I get a lot of folks call me from all over the usa for free advice...
when they do a search they find whirlpoolwaterheaterrepair.com...
on average the heaters range from 1-3 years old when they break down..
the new unit with the honeywell thermostat is going to be the next hurdle
and I am wondering how long they will work ??
any one wanting to make a wager?
So I gather you dont like the ICON???
Originally Posted by hj
HJ... so how are you doing??
It appears you have had the same difficulties that I have run into with the ICON valve.
perhaps even worse than me.... and now the Whirlpool has basically the same ICON honeywell
gas valve on their units.........
we do not like to install them because just to get them to light it is a crap shoot
and we have fought a few of them for 15 minutes..
I am keeping a complete valve assembly in my truck cause I know its just easier
to change out the whole valve and thermopile at one time over trying to trouble shoot
one of them for half a day.....
we only trust RHEEM ....
and they appear to be keeping things simple so far....