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Old 01-18-2008, 04:38 PM   #1
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I was draining my hot water heater and water went flying everywhere. Now the gas hot water heater won't work. I took the shop vac to it and sucked up as much water as possible. I am thinking one of the electronic elements got wet and I need to let it dry. Any other thoughts?
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I was draining my hot water heater and water went flying everywhere. Now the gas hot water heater won't work. I took the shop vac to it and sucked up as much water as possible. I am thinking one of the electronic elements got wet and I need to let it dry. Any other thoughts?
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Re-socket the modular plug on your electronics board a number of times. The contacts are self cleaning. Failing that consider the diode to be bad.

I have replaced a number of diodes or valves they are commonly known. The diode is externally mounted, typically bent at a 90 degree angle and looks like an electrical device enclosed in a plastic tube which connects 2 electrical contacts on the water heater. There should be 2 spade connections on the diode, one male and the other female.

Your water heater electronics should present a rapid clicking (igniter) if it's going to work at all.
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If the water was hot at the time you splashed it over everything, I am sure the thermal fuse Driver is talking about is open. You will need to get one (usually 2 come in a pack) and relace it. Once you do you will be good to go.
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Thanks everyone, I let things dry out for awhile (including my clothes ) and everything appears to be working normal.
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Dinosaur Electronics Company Info If you need a new board.

This is the diode / thermal fuse. I found one at Radio Shack.

Thermal fuse 93 degrees celsius. by Thermodisc, Thermal Fuses at Goodman's Smarmation

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