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I have a Rinnai R94LSi that's been installed and working

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I have a Rinnai R94LSi that's been installed and working great for several years. A couple months ago we started getting water that was about 30 degrees colder than the temp set on the Rinnai. Flushed the system and cleaned the flame rod which didn't help. Finally cleaning the outgoing water thermistor did the trick, as it wasn't reporting the correct temps.
Now, it's doing the same thing (water 20-30 degrees colder than normal), but this time the thermistor seems to be acting correctly based on testing the resistance against values in the manual. What should I try next? Both times this has happened, there has been no error code given by the unit. It acts like everything is great, and it advertises that the outgoing water is the correct temperature (as checked with the down arrow-off/on button trick).
Any ideas of what to try next?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: HVAC
Expert:  Gaztech replied 6 months ago.
Welcome to Just Answer, my name is ***** ***** I will do my best to help you with your issue.If my initial response doesn’t answer your question then let me know and we can continue our conversation.NOTE: I can only get paid for assisting you if you click FINISHED and RATE ANSWER after you are satisfied with answer.Are you ready?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Sure
Expert:  Gaztech replied 6 months ago.
I had that issue with a Rinnai last month and resolved the issue after replacing the main control, it did not read the correct resistance of the thermistor, I confirm that with a different sensor with .45 k oms differential
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
is the thermistor the only thing controlling the outgoing temp, or is flow control related? I ask because I noticed last night that the reported flow control numbers don't appear to be accurate either.
Expert:  Gaztech replied 6 months ago.
the flow switch does not control the temp. it will shut off system
Expert:  Gaztech replied 6 months ago.
OK?
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Can you be more specific about how to confirm I need a new PCB? I need a new thermistor first? I'm not sure what differential I would be measuring, since I would assume the new thermistor would have the same resistance levels as the current one.
Expert:  Gaztech replied 6 months ago.
If the resistant of thermistor is to spec,as you said there is no need to replace it, the pcb is not reading as it should.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
When you said, "I confirm that with a different sensor with .45 k oms differential" what did that relate to? That you tried a different sensor and the pcb read it differently when it should have read it the same as the first one? Is there any other test I should do to confirm that replacing the pcb is the only fix?
Expert:  Gaztech replied 6 months ago.
That is what I am saying, other than that there Might be several volt tests that could be done with a good service manual.I will let another expert share their knoledge
Expert:  HVAC Guru replied 6 months ago.
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Expert:  Gaztech replied 6 months ago.
I am sorry but there is nothing different in your answer than what I previously explained to customer, Same answer.