GE/RHEEM Power Vent Blower Motor Assembly Gasket

The Tank GE/RHEEM Power Vent Blower Motor Assembly Gasket

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    RiverdaleDIY
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    Hello, SO much great information and guidance here, so thank you!

    I have a question about the power vent blower motor assembly gasket….

    I have a GE Power Vent HW heater. Model # GG50S06RVJ which I believe is a rebranded RHEEM 42VP50S.

    I’m in the midst of replacing the dip tube, and so far so good. However, I had to remove the entire blower motor assembly off the top in order to get a big pipe wrench on the cold water inlet nipple. There is a thin foam gasket on the bottom of the entire blower assembly that “seals” against the top surface of the tank itself. My gasket is not in terrible condition, but it isn’t perfect either. Portions of it are a little hard and dried out, apparently due to heat. There are also a few places where it has been compressed more than others, due to protrusions and uneven top surface of the tank.

    My question is….how critical is this gasket? I cannot believe that this gasket is SOLELY responsible for the prevention of CO leakage and poisoning! Presumably that’s what the blower motor itself is for. Can I reuse my existing gasket without the risk of CO issues? I don’t care about noise/vibration at this point, just the safety issue.

    Thank you.

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    #24057
    Larry Weingarten
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    Hello, Must say that best would be a new gasket. Still, there are two ways around that. First, if you could find some silicon rubber foam sheet, the right thickness and cut your own. Second would be to use some high temp RTV silicon from a tube and add a bead of it to this before reinstalling. Couldn’t hurt to have a CO monitor in the house also! 😎

    Yours, Larry

    #24058
    RiverdaleDIY
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    I was thinking the same thing about alternative gaskets so thanks for making those suggestions. As far as CO detectors go…absolutely! There are two in the basement. One on main floor and one on second floor.

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