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My ge40s6ab00 smartwater tank is leaking water. When I opened up the panels for the heating elements the bottom element was dripping water just under the terminal for the electric connections. Is this element bad? And could it be the reason the for the tank leaking?

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It would be a good idea.If you don't you have water all over you and the heater.Turn water off and open the drain valve at bottom of heater.I would hook a water hose and run outside.when the water start running open the pop off valve ,it will run faster.

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SOURCE: how to replace heating element on a 20 gallon ge

First thing is to cut power supply off at the breaker box. Next turn main water to the water heater off. Once power and water is cut of to the water heater you are now ready to drain the tank for element removal.
Once water is drained remove wires from element and remove with socket if it is that type of element or 4 bolt type.

Upon starting putting it all back together remember to open all faucet's hot side to purge out all air out of system before turning power back on.
Water need's to be running out of faucet's and no air before cutting power on. If you turn it on before air is out of system it will damage th enew element you just installed.

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Water heater leaking under thermostat


call in a plumber
there is a rubber gasket/seal that seal the element off at the tank opening and the element may be loose
however as this a "live" electrical area it is not for diy intereference but for professional expertise
another point is this --if the tank is copper or steel , electrolysis from the electric element can eat /rust away the tank in this area and the fix for that is a new tank
as I stated call a plumber and get a proper diagnosis and a quote

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I have a Rheem electric water heater that is leaking from the panel is it replaceable or is it just the tank?


If this is electric heater, do not touch unless electricity is OFF.
Turn off power and open panel to see if element is leaking.
If element is leaking, then replace element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

If leak is coming from elsewhere, open following link for troubleshoot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
If tank is rusted out, replace it before it ruptures.

Apr 13, 2011 | Water Heaters

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I'm getting hot water for 2 minutes , then it gets cold


Most electric hot water heaters have two thermostats, one near the top of the tank and one near the bottom, and are covered by removable metal cover plates. The thermostats are pressed firmly against the bare metal wall of the hot water heaters tank.

The top thermostat usually has a high limit switch that will trip if the water gets too hot. When it trips it shuts off the electricity to both the upper and lower heating elements.

To reset the high limit switch there is usually a red button that you must press. When the upper limit switch trips it is often an indication that something else has gone wrong with the heater.


When the top of the tank is hot the upper thermostat removes power from the upper heating element and transfers the power to the lower thermostat and heating element. If the lower thermostat is defective, then the lower portion of the tank will not be heated and the supply will be greatly reduced.
Check for power at the upper thermostat terminals where the power is sent to the lower thermostat and heating element. If there is no power then the upper thermostat should be replaced. If there is power then check for power at the lower heating element. If there is no power at the lower heating element then replace the lower thermostat.
If there is power to the lower heating element then it should be getting hot. If it is not, replace it. Another possibility is a broken dip tube. Check for a broken dip tube and replace if necessary.

Hope this helps out

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After connecting a drain line to the pressure relief valve of my MR85245 water heater, I now have water leaking badly out of the heating element door.


Turn off the electricity.
Turn off the water valve going into tank.
Open a bathtub spout to let hot water pressure off the tank.
Check top of tank for any leaks.
Open the top access panel and see if element is leaking.
Open bottom access panel and see if lower element is leaking.
The reduced pressure on the tank will slow the leak.

If element is the problem, you can squeak by for a while by turning on the hot water heater only when you need hot water.
Order the 'Marathon MR85245 replacement element' online
http://www.gpconservation.com/rheem/marathon-sp213670-titanium-4500w-lower-element
These elements may be available locally, but they are not the same as 'ordinary' tank-type electric heater elements that you buy at the hardware store.
Buy more than 1 element because the Marathon elements have problems.
One of the reported problems with marathon elements is the high price of stainless steel replacement elements.
Drain tank.
Replace element.

Another resource for water heater information is:
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/

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How to replace heating element on a 20 gallon ge electric water heater


First thing is to cut power supply off at the breaker box. Next turn main water to the water heater off. Once power and water is cut of to the water heater you are now ready to drain the tank for element removal.
Once water is drained remove wires from element and remove with socket if it is that type of element or 4 bolt type.

Upon starting putting it all back together remember to open all faucet's hot side to purge out all air out of system before turning power back on.
Water need's to be running out of faucet's and no air before cutting power on. If you turn it on before air is out of system it will damage th enew element you just installed.

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No power to the bottom element


First things first, you are not supposed to have power to both elements at the same time. The top element comes on and heats the top of the tank, then the top goes off and the bottom comes on. Now, check power on the top element, put your meter probes on both screws on the element, you must have 220 to 240 volts between these two screws. If the voltage is good then you have a bad element, if the voltage is not there, then you need to check the voltage at the top 2 screws on the upper thermostat, if it is okay there, maybe the hi limit has tripped, push the reset button on the top thermostat, if it is tripped it will click and start heating right away. If the hi limit is not tripped then you will need to replace the upper thermostat.

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Hot water does not last long. Model 82vh40-2 mnf. 05/2005


If the lower heating element burns out the upper element will heat the top part of the tank then shutoff. homw depot/lowes etc should carry elements. 1 turn off breaker, remove element access cover (the 2 panels on the front of the heater) test for electricity at the reset button ( uppermost device in upper panel) to make sure power is off. 2 turn off water (I usually turn off the cold water main to stop water cross feeding into hot supply line back into heater) 3 disconnect the 2 wires on the lower element, test with continuity tester. shhould be no continuity between terminals and tank, but around 10 ohms between the 2 terminals. Check the thermostat for continuity if tank is cold thermostat should be closed ie zero ohms across the 2 terminals.
If stat is bad replace stat; disconnect wires push it up out of the spring clip insert new stat reconnect. If element is bad: drain tank. connect garden hose to tank drain valve, open tank drain valve turn water main on to clear rust sediment and get water flowing. Next remove filter screen from a hot water faucet then turn on ( a hot faucet upstairs or higher than tank drain). Now turn water main off, air will now go in through hot faucet and tank will drain, takes about an hour. Use a water heater element wrench about$10 to remove element(s) make sure no bits of rubber gasket are left in element opening- dig em out with a screwdriver if needed. Insert new element with its gasket and tighten. reconnect wires DO NOT TURN ON ELECTRICITY! BE SURE TO FILL WATER HEATER WITH WATER ! Turn water main back on -air will come out of the hot faucet for several minutes. When water runs without any air sputtering, turn off faucet and replace the faucet filter screen. check element(s) for leaks. turn breaker back on.

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The water gets too hot and trips the reset on the thermostat.


Two possibilities. 1 failed upper or lower Tstat 2 Shorted element
To test element: disconnect both wires to element terminals. use continuity tester to see if there is continuity through element (one probe on each element terminal) If no continuity element is bad. Then test for continuity between each element terminal and the water heater itself.( one probe on element terminal and one probe grounded on bare metal or inner tank.) If there is continuity from terminal to ground, element is bad and also can cause tank to continue heating even when thermostat shuts off. This is because the thermostat only shuts off one pole of the 220 and a shorted element can continue heating from the 2nd pole.
If both elements test OK and water heater heats the full tank( tank feels hot at bottom element access panel when no hot water for 2 hours) most likely the lower thermostat is bad.

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The water heater seems to not be heating. The bottom part of the tank is cold and the top is warm. I did reset the breaker this morning. Do I replace the bottom element?


Hi,
Yes that may be the problem. To know for sure you need an electrical test meter to see if the top thermostat is sending the power down to the bottom element after the top one is satisfied.
If you have power at the bottom element and there is no power draw then you have a bad element. Drain the tank and replace it. Make sure to completely purge the air from the tank before turning thepower back on.

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Burnt element on water heater


It would be a good idea.If you don't you have water all over you and the heater.Turn water off and open the drain valve at bottom of heater.I would hook a water hose and run outside.when the water start running open the pop off valve ,it will run faster.

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