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Not getting current to bottom element

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SOURCE: 50 gal. Reliance electric hot water w/bottom element problems

Willard when you say it throws the reset button,do you mean the breaker on your fuse box of your home?
If you mean that then yes it could be a bad element.The bottom element takes all the abuse on a electric hot water heater. They can short out,and need to be replaced.

Posted on Dec 01, 2009

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Lower element is not getting any voltage


First check that all connections are good. turn off power and take off the cover plates pull out the wires connected with wire nuts and check that they are not loose remove any electrical tape covering the nuts and turn power back on. with a meter check that you have 220 at the connections. if all is good at the incoming service check the upper element if power passes it in parallel check the exiting connections.if good there check the bottom power if you have 220 there either your element is bad or the thermostat. check the element by turning off power again and check the element with a continuity tester. if the element is good then your thermostat is probably defective try turning it up higher and see if you get 220 out of it.

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Reliance 501 electric water heater


Reliance-Rheem may have changed away from generic parts so you have to buy special order parts from them.
I have not heard of this before for elements... but Rheem does that for other parts.
Avoid Rheem products.
Rheem also makes a 1-3/4" element to fit Marathon water heaters, instead of standard 1-1/2"
Actual thread size for standard water heater is same as 1" pipe, except straight thread instead tapered pipe thread.
See if 1" pipe will thread into water heater element opening.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

Gene Haynes

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I have a Reliance 606 water heater that no longer provides hot water. Any ideas?


the heating element has most likely burned out (if its electric) if its gas then look to see if it is lightinng. if electric, the element is easy to replace and not very expensive.

Mar 11, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Bought about fours years ago, and water is not getting hot


How many gallon Heater is this?-- Does it have 2 elements-- one at the top and one at the bottom?

Is your water ;HARD'-- so that there may be alot of scale built up around the bottom element?

Have you ever pulled the bottom element, and flushed out the scale?

One more check-- With a clamp around amp meter-- have yo checked to see if the elements are actually drawing current-- This would mean checking the power to the heater, too- If you have voltage at the elements, but no current being drawn, then it is likely the element is burned out.

Do you need any help in figuring out the above trouble shooting checks?
Let me know-
Mack B

Feb 27, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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1992 Reliance electric water heater model 501 has two 4500 watt heating elements , there is no hot water.


Check the breaker and top thermostat and make sure they are not tripped. Move onto replacing elements if above is not the problem.
Turn water and power off to heater and attach a water hose to bottom of heater to drain down tank. May have to open hot side on a facuet to get it to drain.
Once drained remove elements with 1 1/2" found at local hardware stores. once elements removed and new ones in place. Turn water on and get the air out of the system. Once water is flowing from the hot side from all of facuet's in house.
Once all air is out now yaou are resady to turn power onto heater.

Oct 09, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Hi i have a reliance 808 electric water heater. I need a part number for the lower element it appears to be shorting out. I had to disconect because of sparks on the red wire going to the lower element


Check out the upper element and on the side of it should be the same number for the bottom element.
If not write information down and model number along with name and go to a plumbing supply house or Lowes,Home Depoet for a new element.

Aug 08, 2010 | Reliance & 50gal Electric Water Heater

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My water heater--Reliance 501--model 5 52 ZORT6 FW95--stopped heating the water. What is the most common problem causing this?


Thermostat may be tripped out or breaker tripped that would be the first few thing's to check. If they check out maybe the element's are in need of replacement.
The clue with element's is one will go and the other will follow. The top element goes you would get luke warm water till the bottom goes out. The bottom goes out first you will get a blast of very hot water till the top element goes out.

Check out this link for further information on water heater trouble shooting.

http://www.water-heater-repair-guide.com/electricwaterheatertroubleshooting.html

Jun 21, 2010 | Reliance & Electric Water Heaters

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50 gal. Reliance electric hot water w/bottom element problems


Willard when you say it throws the reset button,do you mean the breaker on your fuse box of your home?
If you mean that then yes it could be a bad element.The bottom element takes all the abuse on a electric hot water heater. They can short out,and need to be replaced.

Dec 01, 2009 | Reliance & 50gal Electric Water Heater

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