There are potential fire hazards with 616,000 Water Heaters, and a recall has been put in effect. Some of these were sold under brand names such as Kenmore and Whirlpool.
See if your heater is included in this recall, just check the serial number, which is on the data plate next to the gas control valve. Serial numbers with the first four digits between 1115 and 1631 are included. You can double check at www.waterheaterrecall.com and put in the model and serial number.
Many, but not all of these heaters were sold in California.
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