Richmond (Rheem) 6G40S-36-F Gas Hot Water Heater Problem
Posted 02 May 2010 - 02:50 AM
It has a six year warranty and it is months away from expiring. I haven't contacted Richmond (Rheem) to see what they will do for me as yet. That's a Monday AM tele call.
Posted 03 May 2010 - 12:36 AM
People think they are just install and forget like the water heaters of old, NOT SO!!!
This problem is usually caused by the air intake area being clogged with lint and dust, read your user manual and it should have recommended cleaning procedures, usually suggested to be done every 6 months.
Your air intakes are on the sides of your water heater, (the big grid of holes on each side of the gas control valve/T-stat). I've never dealt with this style so don't know the recommended cleaning procedure, most likely have to disassemble and remove burner and blow compressed air from inside burner chamber to force any lint and dust back out the side it came in on.
When this style of water heater starts getting its air intake plugged it will make the pilot keep going out, as the flame isn't getting enough air to burn correctly and the combustion chamber overheats which shuts the unit down on the safety t-stat that is inline with the thermocouple or possibly a separate t-stat on the combustion chamber cover.
Willie's Budget Appliance Repair
Eureka, CA 95501
Posted 03 May 2010 - 03:52 AM
Posted 05 May 2010 - 11:39 AM
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