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We have a Bradford white hot water heater with a vapor sensor

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We have a Bradford white hot water heater with a vapor sensor on it. After my painters left we cannot reset to have hot water. We know it's the vapor sensor. Just not sure how to make it start making hot water
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick replied 2 years ago.
What is the model number of your unit? Have you thoroughly aired out the space where the water heater is? has it had fresh air (absolutely no fumes) for at least an hour?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It's been overnight. I still smell the varnish upstairs but not real syrong
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Sorry the smell is not real strong
Expert:  Rick replied 2 years ago.
If you can still smell the varnish in the area where the heater is the sensor is still actively locking out the unit. You must ventilate the area so there is no trace of any odor at all. Then unplug the unit wait a couple minutes then plug it back in. If the lockout persists then you'll need to test the sensor with an ohm meter. Normal range is 3k to 48k ohms. If it's outside that range the sensor will need to be replaced
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks will try that
Expert:  Rick replied 2 years ago.
You're welcome