In the professional opinions of plumbers on this site,
Are these water heaters prone for failures, through the design of FVIR technology, PowerVent models,
All those Robertshaw thermostats that had to be removed on the PowerVent models and switched to the White-Rodgers Intellivent models...
Flammable Vapor sensors going bad with just the hint of moisture on them, even though they are ceramic. ????
I have a customer that has taken a brutal beating on chronic problems with her 4 year old GE Power Vent Natural Gas Water Heater from Home Depot.
Every 3-6 months it goes into failure, more parts ordered and I install them.
In just the last 2 weeks, GE sent this customer everything (gas control valve, flammable vapor sensor, complete burner assembly) and this damn gas control valve is showing an error code that the FV sensor is bad.
They mentioned if it gets wet, it gets destroyed instantly. Well today arrived the new sensor, 2 minute job and it didn't make a bit of difference.
Could be the gas valve, who knows.
This customer finally did what I recommended; she bought an electric water heater from Sears, Kenmore 9 year 50 gallon.
Sunday I'm removing that POS GE gas water heater from home depot and doing the conversion to electric.
This woman is single, all she wants is hot water. Not what the last idiot got on sale at home depot that over 4 years of time has had 7 technical repairs done to the unit, all electronic based.
3 weeks ago I had a 40 gall conventional gas water heater that wouldn't light, took 100 strikes with the piezo ignitor to light and I'm telling you it probably only lit because there was so much gas in the chamber that it overwhelmingly ignited by the abundance of unburned gas.
7 weeks ago, 2 year old conventional gas GE Rheem/Ruud water heater that wouldn't relight after I did a gas line rework.
Either the striker was misaligned or some other notorious joke of why they won't work.
Constantly, I'll see transfer of spark where the connection of the lead from the ignitor goes to the orange wire that's built into the burner assembly setup.
So, GE has no problem sending out a complete burner assembly when something as an ignitor being off .25 thousandths of an inch.
I'm not about to tear those units down without a new assembly going back in. You cannot buy that setup at a supply house. Heavily policed right through the manufacture so they keep an ongoing record of the serial number associated with the unit.
This single woman just wants hot water. I told her with the number of PowerVents I've been replacing under warranty lately, along with numerous people calling me to fix these when they stop working....
one would believe that there are chronic problems, way beyond 'normal' in the nature of electronics associated with gas fired water heaters.
All because some fool thought they'd save 20 square feet by eliminating double wall B vent inside the house, and now we just hook up drain pipe and send it out the wall there chester. Attachment 10244
Where is the quality control on these products? I'm putting my hands on these a lot. I like to make money, but they are not holding up to any length of time and it's not just a select few.
I got pictures of burner assembly replacements going back to 2007 on the internet, somewhere.