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    Default Rheem Power vent 2

    I bought a rheem powervent 2 hot water heater from home depot back in September, and it has worked fine till today. I came home and no hot water so I
    check and find the burner is off. I reset the water heater (unplug and plug back in) venter motor and burner come on, so I thought it should be fine...not!

    then I hear a dripping noise in the heater, I removed the covers and find small drips of water dripping on to the burner.

    my question: is the tank gone or is there something i can do.

    oh and I will contact rheem on Monday for Warranty.

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    Talking sounds bad to me

    well you sound like you got a bad one....

    call them up , they will give you a new one...


    but you got to do the labor....

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    The dripping you are hearing is likely condensation. Let the tank come up to temperature and see if the dripping stops. Will the burner stay lit now until the stat is satisfied?

    Check for obstructions in the vent, bird nest, tennis ball, other junk.

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    Yes the dripping has stopped, and the stat gets satisfied. the vent seems clear.
    does condensation usually go back to the burner?

    p.s. Thanks for the reply GoTanklessTODAY.
    Last edited by superheat; 01-27-2007 at 10:36 AM.

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    As I'm sure you know, there is a flue going up through the center of the tank. Since the hot water was depleted in the tank, and the lockout didn't allow the heater to fire, you ended up with a big metal tank full of cold water. As soon as you reset the module, the heater fired, and now you are applying a huge flame to all that cold water. It's the same as taking an ice cold glass of Iced Tea outside on a 100 degree day. Condensation forms and drips. In your case, it drips down the flue and onto the burner assembly. Sometimes is drips strategically enough to cause a problem with the HSI, or spark ignitor which also acts as a flame sensor. It can be a matter of re-aligning the flue baffle, or re-orienting the heater somewhat to get a different angle if the floor is not quite level.

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    Talking condensation

    This would still be someting to keep an eye on for a while...

    perhaps it is condensation, and it will all just go away......

    but then again something made your heater shut off and

    it takes a lot of condenstion to accomplish that....

    a small pin hole leak is still a possibility...


    keep your fingers crossed... .....

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