ge water-heaters

Information about the problems and breakdowns of GE water heaters that were reported from 2005 to 2019.

Common problems: fire, leaking, short circuit.

Faulty modules: heat pump, valve.


1 safety recalls announced

Robertshaw Controls Co. Recall of Gas Control Valves on Water Heaters

  • Date: 9/16/2005

Name of product: Robertshaw R110 series gas control valves. Screws on some water heater valves could break. If this happens, gas could leak from the valve, which poses a risk of gas explosion and fire. The R110 Gas Control Valves being recalled are installed on natural and liquid propane (LP) gas water heaters. The recalled valves were manufactured between July 25, 2005 and August 14, 2005 with production date codes 5-31 through and including 5-33, although not all valves with these date codes are affected. The recalled valves were installed on the following water heater brands: American Proline, Bradford White, GE, GSW, Hotpoint, Jetglas, John Wood, Lochinvar, Premier Plus, Powerflex, Rheem, Richmond, Ruud, Vanguard, Whirlpool, and U.S. Craftmaster.

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3 issues reported


  • Date: 4/9/2011

Electric water heater seems to be creating hydrogen or other flammable gas which can be ignited at the faucet with a flame. This occurs when the hot water is not used for about a week, & hot water faucet sputters with gas and water for 5 minutes when turned on.


  • Date: 4/11/2019

Hybrid water heater clean filter light was on & beeped. Consumer cleaned filter & attempted to reset alert, but light stays on & beeping continues. Leaking evaporator coil in heat pump (top portion) of water heater triggers filter alarm. Refrigerant is leaking into home.


  • Date: 4/20/2019

The consumer reported that the hybrid water heater shorted circuited and melted the wires in the unit. The consumer indicated that the insulation on the power wires melted before the circuit breaker tripped.

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