The Tank › Rheem FV sensor
- March 28, 2011 at 2:32 am #15583
How do you reset Rheem FVIR?
I heard the part has to be ordered and installed.
I can find the part, but before ordering, how exactly is it installed?
Rheem FV sensor
And why does Rheem say this has to be done by service technician?March 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm #15588
I’m sure the reason they want a tech to do it is for liability reasons. And those same reasons will make any of us here reluctant to tell you exactly how it is installed.
Randy SchuylerMarch 28, 2011 at 6:15 pm #15594
The whole world is filled with risk.
The entire gas water heater manual is filled with risk, with picture of man consumed by flame and warning of CO poisoning and dire consequence from relighting the pilot.
So why is this certain narrow topic off-limits, especially when other brands have re-settable FVIR?
It sounds like trade protectionism rather than risk-avoidance. (although I support the unions)March 29, 2011 at 1:41 am #15600
Wow! I’ve enjoyed what you’ve posted in the past, Geno, but I’m not enjoying this.
The reason is pretty simple. Do YOU want to get sued because of something you said here? I sure don’t. I want to help, but I don’t want to get sued.
How many times have we had people with electric water heaters come and say, “Show me what to do (although I don’t know anything about ohm meters or electricity)”? If we did, odds are they’d electrocute themselves. And afterward, what then, in suit-happy America?
So if you know the answer, tell it and beware. Or wait and see if Larry or Ej or David tell it.
None of us can know how carefully our instructions will be followed, or what the outcome will be if they are not. But if it’s a bad outcome, who will get blamed? The person who followed the instructions? Or the person who gave them?
Generally, when a question like this is asked, it’s to save money. I’m probably the only person in this forum who gets “paid” — in the form of parts sales if anyone posting here decides to buy parts. Nobody else gets a nickel. You are asking an awful lot of them in the name of ….. of just what?
That’s all I have to say!
Randy SchuylerMarch 29, 2011 at 3:35 am #15603
Hello: If the Rheem part is selling on line it must not be overly difficult to deal with. There has been talk of needing to be Rheem certified to work on their FVIR…
I haven’t had my hands on this part so can’t answer the question directly. I do think getting in touch with Rheem or their rep would let you know if they think it’s OK for you to have a go at fixing their heater or what hurdles they want you to jump. You clearly have lots of water heater experience, so this is probably a simple thing.
Yours, LarryMarch 29, 2011 at 4:36 am #15604
Well you know, I like to keep the conversation lively.
I’ve read other forums saying similar to yours, concerning liability.
And I’m sure there are energetic lawyers wanting us to live in fear, as much as others want to save money, while others guard their trade, and you feel caught in the middle over the price of one service call.
I’d prefer Rheem make a more customer-friendly product since competitors already offer that product for the everyday guy -or- perhaps your site tell me how to do the Rheem repair in ‘pig-latin’ or morse code so nobody else can read it.
And then you can quickly incorporate offshore and let our Navy protect your hoard of gold tax-free on that island.
Photo of Whirlpool/Craftmaster resettable FVIR from Lowes.
March 29, 2011 at 9:31 pm #15627EjParticipant
With respect I am going to tell you if you can’t identify the part you need and you are going to try and replace it with a non-compatible part then no one is going to help you. What I mean when I say this is in your first post you link to a flammable vapor sensor which is designed to shut off your water heater system to prevent fires in case flammable vapors are present within the area. The picture you posted later shows an resettable over temp sensor that goes off when the burner chamber over heats. This over heat condition is not a failure of the switch but is a safety that protected your water heater because of another faulty condition. Usually one of lack of maintenance. The type of modification you want to do is not taught by Rheem nor do I suggest you try to do it.March 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm #15631
Yes, what you say checks out. Whirlpool water heater label calls that a ‘thermal switch’ not a resettable FVIR, so the photo is in error.
I will check the advertising blurb that Whirlpool has posted.
I thought they said they have a re-settable FVIR, and that item is definitely not that.March 30, 2011 at 11:51 am #15636
What island would you recommend?:cool:
Randy SchuylerApril 3, 2011 at 6:57 am #15682
CaymanApril 3, 2011 at 12:32 pm #15685
You know, if I stay where I am, it will work out just fine. Continental drift or earthquakes are supposed to turn California into an island one day. I might be better off around Mount Shasta (which could turn into beachfront property), but my real concern is whether or not the lawyers will stay too. California currently has about one lawyer per thousand people. (North Dakota has less than 1/2 lawyer per 1000 and the District of Columbia has 27 :shock:)
Yours, LarryApril 3, 2011 at 11:33 pm #15694
I think in the Dakotas now, you have to check with local sheriff before suing anyone. That would cut down on about everything, well, except payoffs to the sheriff.
Not sure how this applies to plumbing up a water heater.April 3, 2011 at 11:55 pm #15695
Geno’s bit of artwork IS compelling. Larry, you can run Water Heater Rescue. Caymans, here I come! 😎
Randy SchuylerApril 4, 2011 at 3:57 am #15696
Marker on cardboard 2002, photoshop color-enhanced 2011, for friends needing vacation.April 4, 2011 at 4:31 am #15699
Hello: The Caymen’s must have internet! Running WHR is way too much work from what I see 😀
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