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I have a Rheem power vented water heater the ignitor will ignite

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I have a Rheem power vented water heater the ignitor will ignite the flame but the ignitor will continue to try to lit it and then after about two minutes the flame will go out what is wronge
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Appliance
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 7 years ago.
this would tell you that it has a bad thermal couple.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
This particular model has no thermal couple "power vent" this indicates self ignition without the use of a thermal couple
Expert:  Whrlp Master Tech replied 7 years ago.
the ignitor senses that the flame has lite via the thermal couple that way the ignitor will stop sparking and the safety valve stays open.