wheems Powervent 2 pressure switch problem

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  1. woodbury

    woodbury New Member

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    Rheems Powervent 2 pressure switch problem

    LED blinks 4 times and it says it means "pressure switch open".
    I have to unplug and plug in it back to make it work.
    It works for a while and it blinks 4 times again for same problem.
    I think pressure stitch prevent water heater from automatically power-on.
    What should I do? Oh.. typo. Rheems, not wheems.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    If this is a power vented unit, it is likely there is either a blockage in the intake or exhaust line, or a broken piece. When the burner comes on, the exhaust fan comes on to move the exhaust. There is a pressure switch safety circuit that detects the fan is on. If that switch doesn't close, it will shut the system down. It could be a bad switch, bad fan, or an obstruction or broken pipe somewhere, preventing the pressure to build up as a result of the fan motor running. It could even be the fan blades may have broken, and can't move enough air to close the switch. Checking the switch should be easy if you have and understand how to use a multimeter.
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