GE WH: Bad Igniter


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Old 12-25-15, 12:35 PM
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GE WH: Bad Igniter

A friend has a 40 gallon GE water heater (I don't know the model#) that is perhaps 10 years old. The tech that came out to check it because no hot water said it was a bad igniter. He said it wasn't worth fixing.

My questions are:
Do you agree with the tech?
What is the average cost for an igniter?
How hard are they to replace.
 
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Old 12-25-15, 01:35 PM
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A HSI (hot surface igniter) can run $35-75.

Pull the igniter out and test it. If it's bad it's a judgement call to replace.
Me.... I'd replace it.
 
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Old 12-25-15, 03:45 PM
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So basically will a Rheem HSI work? I am not having much luck Googling GE igniters. This wouldn't by any chance be a more or less universal part would it?
 
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Old 12-26-15, 06:27 AM
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Come on Ray, how about a model number!

IMO I would also fix it, but I would fix it myself.
 
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Old 12-27-15, 07:27 PM
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So basically will a Rheem HSI work?
A Rheem ignitor will probably work, but I'd get the model number and look it up that way first. Once you confirm that it is the same as a Rheem part, you may find some other after market manufacturer that also makes a replacement part.
 
 

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