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 Posted: Thu Sep 4th, 2008 12:54 am
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dcosman
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I have a natural gas Ge Smartwater Heater Power Vent unit.  Model GG50S06RVJ.  It has been working fine for a year.  Last week we were doing some painting in that area and the heater shut off.  The flashing light sequence indicated that it detected flammable fumes. OK.  Fumes are now gone and a new fault light says the problem is the interface wiring is bad.  Can't light this unit manually.  Never had a manual and Ge doesn't recognize the model number.  Tried the reset (power down etc) and that didn't work.  Anybody have a  fix??

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 Posted: Thu Sep 4th, 2008 02:16 am
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There is a very real possibility that your water heater is now junk. Rheem, which makes GE, uses a flammable vapor ignition retardation system that involves a glass vial that breaks when there is a danger that the water heater is about to ignite fumes. If it breaks, your water heater is finished. There is no way to replace the vial.

Still, I'd contact GE or Rheem and ask. There is a chance they might replace your tank under warranty, if it's still within the warranty period.

Randy Schuyler

Last edited on Thu Sep 4th, 2008 02:16 am by elenano

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 Posted: Sat Sep 6th, 2008 01:40 am
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The flammable vapor sensor will indicate to the control module the presence of vapor, this is a one time use sensor which is located below the outer door to the combustion chamber. The integrity of the sensor can be checked at room temperature and should provide a normal operation range of 13K Ω – 25 K Ω when checked.  The vapor sensor can be replace.


Also check the wiring from the sensor to the control valve along with the molex plug and pins.  The code for this should be 2 blinks.


Randy the glass vial is a non-repairable air/fuel shut off device that is activated by excessive temperature and not vapor.

Last edited on Sat Sep 6th, 2008 01:41 am by Ej

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