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FVIR water heaters

Mark Hunt
Mark Hunt Member Posts: 4,909
I'd like to hear feed back on the new water heater designs.

What brand do you install?

Part of my research!

Mark H

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  • Bruce_6
    Bruce_6 Member Posts: 67
    have

    installed state(ao smith), bradford white, rheem, american.... had problems with the new style with state(ao smith) and rheem, but not yet with bradford white.

    all of the designs are different, but based on the same idea.

    My pick, bradford white
  • Mark Hunt
    Mark Hunt Member Posts: 4,909
    Can you give


    details of problems?

    I would really appreciate it!

    Mark H

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  • Dale
    Dale Member Posts: 1,317
    Parts

    We have had to ask the wholesalers to steal pilot assemblies to get things going. These were ao smith. I think one brand uses a standard thermocouple instead of a special one. This year the direct vents get the FVIR so the parts issue will get even worse.
  • Mark Hunt
    Mark Hunt Member Posts: 4,909
    Thanks Dale


    Could you please share some experiences with me?

    Like I said, it is for reasearch.

    TIA!

    Mark H

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  • Glenn Harrison_2
    Glenn Harrison_2 Member Posts: 845
    Mark, we put in State...

    and so far working fine. We did have one where the gas valve regulator was set at 4.5". Pilot kept going out. Put in new valve set at 4.0" and has been fine.

    I will say that these FVIR units will show any draft problems that may have gone unnoticed before. And I have a feeling we will wind up applying some Jim Davis controled venting practices with these units (barometrics).
  • Mark Hunt
    Mark Hunt Member Posts: 4,909
    Thanks Glenn!!!


    You see where this is going.

    Seems to me the planets are lining up on this issue.

    I spoke to one supplier that said they had already replaced 20 thermocouples.

    Wonder why?????

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  • Glenn Harrison_2
    Glenn Harrison_2 Member Posts: 845
    I hope these are not off State WH's

    because I was told at a class by State that the entire burner assembly with door and gaskets has to be replaced in the event of a bad thermocouple so that all the seals are intact.

    I too wonder how many of those thermocouples are being misdiagnosed as other problems, by people who don't understand them.
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