gas hot water heater flue getting hot


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Old 03-17-08, 03:45 PM
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Angry gas hot water heater flue getting hot

We installed a Whirlpoor hot water heater.
There was air in the gas line so it took awhile but we finally got the pilot light lit.

After lightning turning the temperature to warm we noticed the vent pipe was getting really hot.
When we turned off the lights we seen a flame coming from the top of the water heater into the flue.
 
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Old 03-17-08, 03:59 PM
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The condition you have is not normal and you should shut down the water heater until corrected!

I know this sounds like an obvious question but....

Is the fuel type of the water heater correct for the fuel being used? Example: a natural gas water heater being fueled with propane.
 
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Old 03-17-08, 04:03 PM
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We turned it off when we noticed this.
It is a natural gas heater and is hooked up to natural gas.
 
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Old 03-17-08, 04:26 PM
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Sounds like the burner orifice is missing and just maybe the burner???????????
Yes as stated DO NOT USE
 
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Old 03-18-08, 03:21 AM
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If this is a new heater I wouldn't even mess around with it. Call for warranty service or bring it back to where you bought it.
 
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Old 03-22-08, 05:40 AM
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I got it.

Turned out to be missing an orrifice under the burner.
Whirlpool sent the part and it works fine.
 
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Old 03-22-08, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by big blue jim
I got it.

Turned out to be missing an orrifice under the burner.
Whirlpool sent the part and it works fine.
This malfunction could very easily have burned down your house. I am amazed that Whirlpool was seemingly non-chalant about it.

You do have my condolences for buying a Whirlpool water heater. Perhaps you were not aware of all the difficulties, which have not been completely ironed out, and the class action lawsuit. >> http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news0...ss_action.html
 

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