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Rheem 81V-400 water heater/VERY SLOW HOT WATER !

Hot H2O only lasts 5-10 min. Then takes 1.5 to 2 Hrs. to recover ! HELP!

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Could be a number of things. The first thing to do is to verify that you are getting 240 volts at the upper thermostat, and right on the element terminals. Let me know if you do, and we'll go from there.

Posted on Dec 01, 2012

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SOURCE: I have a Rheem EcoSense hot water heater and all

Have you try to reset the power to the heater?Then turn the hot water facuet on to see if it will start up.

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If you are not familiar with the element, I would get someone that is familiar with one and have them do it. It's not something I would recommend you do based on your question. There's electrical, pressurized water tank, and a whole lot of water that may cause you to have a worse bad day.

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check diaphrapm valve or micro/switch best of luck

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try setting the bottom 10 degrees hoter than the top could be in short cycle (thatis the bottom calls for heat on the bottom element and set too close so goes back to top and cycles off

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SOURCE: Not heating water hot enough or as much water.

You probably have a bad heating element. Probably the upper element.

Posted on Feb 03, 2010

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I have an 80 gallon Rheem Hot water heater #81V80D A. In the last 5 days it stopped heating water after 6PM. I have hot water all day, but none at night. What do you suggest?


1) I bet the water heater has hot water, but hot does not arrive at tap because of bad faucet cartridge or bad recirculation system check valve
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#crossover

2) When cold water arrives at tap, go check if water heater has hot water. Then do the crossover test. Then add comment and say what you discover

3) Electric water heaters can be repaired by homeowner using generic off-the-shelf parts from local hardware store.

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Drain valve plastic slow leak 81V-80D


If the drip is coming out of drain valve: Put a hose cap over end of drain valve.
If water is seeping out of cracked drain vale, then replace it.
If the leak is seeping around previously sealed threads, then tank may be rusted beyond repair.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-drain-valve.html
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My PTG-42PVN h20 heater is allowing h2o temp to fluctuate from one extreme to another.


Does same thing happen at all faucets?
Are you getting error code?
You might have crossover problem with defective faucet cartridge.
Copy following links for troubleshoot resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/No-Error-Code.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

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Model 71-52DB 50 gal. water heater stopped heating


Press the reset button located on upper thermostat
Following link has troubleshoot for electric water heater
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Unit has been in service for several years. I had to replace the motherboard last spring. I have no power to the unit. The inline fuses are intact. the outlet is hot. Breaker is sound. all wiring is...


I can offer resources:
1) Open following links for possible help.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/No-Error-Code.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Low-hot-water-pressure.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Rheem-Tankless-water-heater.html

2) As a note: When the motherboard on a computer or phone needs replacement, most people figure the device is about used up. The same is true for tankless.
Despite promotions claiming longer life, tankless warranty is not longer than warranty for typical tank-type water heater.

3) Fix most tankless problems yourself, same day, for $300-400
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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Rheem 49 gal model 81V400B - hot water lasting only 5-10 minutes then takes an hour to heat back up.


Ordinary tank-type electric water heaters are fully repairable by homeowner.

A) Basic info on Rheem
Rheem electric water heater website:
http://www.rheem.com/products/tank_water_heaters/electric_water_heaters/
Find age of Rheem: look 2nd and 3rd digit of serial number, for example 06 is 2006

B) Water heater has some hot water.
That says certain things: upper element is working, water heater electricity is working, reset button is not tripped, and heater is not experiencing run-away overheating event.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

C) That leaves 4 suspects that cause lower amount of hot water.

1) TP valve is running hot water out of tank -or- leaking faucet is running hot water out of tank.
Check for leaks
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-TP-valve.html

2) Lower element is burned out.
Test lower element using inexpensive multi-meter from Home Depot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
Replace element with same wattage shown on label, and clean out sediment:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

2) Upper or lower thermostat is bad.
Replace both thermostats for about $25.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) Burned or shorted wire located between upper and lower sections of tank.
Turn off power. Open covers on side of tank. Remove insulation. Inspect parts for signs of high heat and burning. Especially check lower element. Tighten any loose wires. Replace part that shows signs of burning.
Put insulation and cover back over thermostats so cooler outside temperature doesn't cause thermostat to misread tank temperature.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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