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Have 50 gallon Whirlpool gas heater. Rusty water only from hot water . called Whirlpool -they say I need to replace anode probably due to water softener. Heater is 5 years old. Is this worth doing? From comments i've read seems to be very difficult.

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With the right tools and elbow grease its not that big of a deal.

Most folks try tackling it with chanel locks and a pair of pliers. without the right tools, it can be a challenge.

You may have an hours work, and less than 30 bucks in the job.

A new heater will run you 350 bucks easy.

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A.O. smith model fpsh50 water heater has smelly water i know its the anode rod and it's on top of the tank but where and how to take it out


Hi and welcome to FixYa, I am Kelly

Use this link to locate your EXACT model.
http://www.hotwater.com/resources/product-literature/parts-lists/
There are 6 different types of FPSH50
270, 271, 270E
235
236, 237
250, 251
251, 252
260, 261, 261E

Download the manual for your unit. The anode rod just unscrews CCW from the fitting on the body of the hot water heater.

I checked the 250, 251 model

Using 3 and 9 o'clock for the plumbing connections as a reference, the anode would be at the 6 o'clock position under the metal cap in the top.
The part number for your anode is in italic bold below.FPSH50 -250. -251

1 ......... Anode - Aluminum (.750" dia.) Standard Models.......... 43817-25 ................... 43817-25 ................. 43817-38

1 ......... Anode - Aluminum (.840" dia.) Optional ...................... 180618-29 ................. 180618-29 ............... 180618-35
1 ......... Anode - Magnesium (.840" dia.) Optional .................... 183463-29 ................. 183463-29 ............... 183463-38

Thanks for choosing Fixya,
Kelly

Sep 09, 2011 | Air Conditioners

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I am looking for reset code for AO Smith GPVH50 1000 water heater.Valve installed is Intellivent White rogers 184960 000, and 184960 002 on another boiler at the same location. After disconnecting Flamable...


Hi,not too sure what really prompted the problem. But you will need to still check for more posible places on your water heater to really know what causes it not to respond.

How Do I Troubleshoot My AO Smith Electric Water Heater

Troubleshooting and repairing an AO Smith electric water heater only takes a few minutes, and can save you hundreds in service calls and plumbing bills. The main indications of electric water heater problems are; no hot water, not enough hot water, slow hot water recovery, overheating and loud or unusual noises. Each of these problems has its own cause and repair requirements. We recommend calling a professional; however, you can repair most hot water heater complications yourself. Remember, if your water heater is still under warranty, or you are not sure, call the 1-800 number on your AO Smith water heater and ask for help and parts free.

Make sure the main electric circuit breaker(s) or fuses are in their "On" position inside the home's main electric panel. If a breaker(s) looks to be half on and half off, close the breaker and open it rapidly. If the breaker does not stay in the on position, replace the water heater breaker(s) and/or inspect the wiring from panel to heater. We recommend contacting a licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractor to troubleshoot the problem. In some cases, a bad breaker is a sign of trouble within the wiring system or water heater itself.
Testing AO Smith Electric Water Heater Thermostats

Turn off all circuit breakers and/or disconnect the fuses. Remove the thermostat cover plate(s) with a Phillips screwdriver. Turn the power back on.

Check for incoming power using a voltmeter. Set the meter to read 250 Volts. Touch and hold one lead wire to each of the top left and right screws of the top thermostat (or top two screws of the lower, if only one thermostat is present.) The meter should read approximately 210 to 230 volts of electricity. If no voltage is present with the breakers and fuses on, contact an electrician.

Turn on all the hot water faucets in the house until the water runs cold. This will ensure that the thermostat(s) will call for heat. Turn the faucets off.

Place one lead of the voltmeter on the top left thermostat screw and one lead on the second screw down on the right side of the thermostat. There should be 210+ volts of power. If not, turn the power off to the heater and push in firmly on the red reset button in the middle of the thermostat. You should here a click (but not always.)

Turn the power back on and check for voltage again. If no power, or limited power- fewer than 210 volts are present, check the top water-heating element for proper operation. If full power is present, but you still have no hot water after an hour or two, replace the top heating element. If no voltage, replace the thermostat.
Testing the AO Smith Electric Water Heater Heating Elements

Turn the power off to the water heater; remove the cover plate(s).

Test for incoming voltage with your voltmeter. Do not proceed until you verify that no voltage is present.

Loosen the two screws on each side of the heating element with a Phillips screwdriver.

Wearing heavy, electrical certified gloves remove each wire from the heating element and bend it slightly back out of the way.

Set your multi-meter to the Ohms position.

Place one lead on each screw of the element. The Ohm or resistance should read 12 to 16; averages are 13 to 14. If the reading is below 12 ohms of resistance, replace the water-heating element.

Reinstall the element's wiring.

Turn the power back on and test the circuit again. Reset your voltmeter to 250V. Full power should now be present. Turn the power off and replace the front cover(s).

Turn the water heater power on and wait an hour or two to check the hot water temperature at several faucets. The recovery time of an average AO Smith residential elect water heater is around 22 gallons an hour. It may take a while to reheat, depending on the size of your unit;

20 gallon 1 hour

30 gallon 1-1/2 hours

40 gallon 2 hours

50 gallon 2-1/2 hours

60 gallon 3 hours

80 gallon 4 hours

120 gallon 6 hours
Not enough Hot Water:

Calcium and other mineral buildup on a gas water heater control-valve thermostat probe will limit the heat detectable. You can clean the thermostat by removing the control valve and soaking the probe in a tall glass of white distilled vinegar and a little backing soda. Do not immerse the control valve itself; you will ruin it. Soak it for about an hour, and then rinse will with tap water before replacing.



Pilot light will not stay lit:

The most common issue with pilot lights is the thermocouple. The thermocouple is the thin copper wire, that when heated at its tip, creates a small electric charge that opens the magnetic safety valve inside the main gas control. Gas, water heater thermocouples do fail from time to time and need replaced. Older water heaters with accessible burner chamber doors are the easiest to work on. New water heaters are required to have sealed inner chamber doors and are not readily accessible. Only certified brand technicians should remove these doors. Each time the doors opened, you must replace an airtight seal. Failure to replace the seal could lead to carbon monoxide leaking from the water heater causing carbon monoxide poisoning.



The water heaters gas control valves and thermostats can also go bad. Replacing the control valve is just as critical a safety concern. If the pilot tube, and main burner tube, is not attached to the control valve correctly, gas leaks can occur.


Electric Water Heater Troubleshooting



Trouble shooting electric water heaters requires a bit of electric know how. Learning how to use a voltmeter, or multi-meter and becoming acquainted with your home electric system is most important when fixing an electric water heater. Failure to follow safe electrical practices can cause injuries and property damage.



When troubleshooting an electric water heater, keep in mind, there are only a few parts to its operating system: the heating element(s), thermostat(s), the main wiring connection junction, anode rod(s), water connections, T&PR valve, drain valve and the tank.



The most honest recommendation when repairing an electric water heater is this. Replace the thermostat(s), and the element(s), both upper and lower, if applicable, at the same time. Replacing one element or one thermostat of an electric water heater at a time causes a mismatch in the operating capacity of each part. Kind of like only replacing one battery in and electric device, it puts more of a strain on the older parts and causes premature failure. This leads to more frequent and costly repairs. Replacing all the parts at one time will help prevent future hot water heater problems and unnecessary water heater maintenance.


Water Heater Leaking



Water heater leaks are also an issue when troubleshooting a hot water heater. In most cases, you will need to replace the water heater. However, there are times when the leak is no coming directly from the water heater's tank. Leaks can also occur at a number of the water heaters connections. Before you replace your water heater, take the time to check of these locations:



Temperature and Pressure Relief valve (TP&R)- The brass safety valve usually located on the top, or near the top of water heater.

Finding Water Heater Repair and Replacement Parts

Finding water heater repair and water-heater replacement parts is not always so easy. Electric water heater repair and replacement parts are at most hardware stores, home centers and online retailers. Residential electric hot water heater repair parts are generally generic in by nature. New high efficiency, water heater parts like the ones for hybrid electric water heaters will only be available from their respective manufacturers until there is a need in the market place.



Hot water heater parts for gas hot water heaters are harder to find and often-difficult purchase. Many wholesalers will not sell gas repair parts or equipment to none licensed nonprofessionals. They feel there is a safety risk involved. However, there are online retailers whom do not see a need to limit their water heater parts sales. This is good for us, not so good for water heater companies.

Or you could simply contact them from the below link:



AO Smith Water Heater Phone Number and Contact Information

A. O. Smith Water Products Company

500 Tennessee Waltz Parkway • Ashland City, TN 37015

1-800-527-1953 • www.hotwater.com


Hope that helped

Jun 05, 2011 | Air Conditioners

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I have 40 gallon Gas hot water heater. I need t replace the anode rod. I need to know the size


Normally, gas tanked water heaters do not have a an anode rod.It's not required. Only electric tanked water heaters do.
To help you to understand the workings of a gas tanked water heater, click on the following link.

http://homerepair.about.com/od/plumbingrepair/ss/hwh_tank_gas.htm

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We have no hot water!!!! We have a powerstar #45-557701 for a year now the water would get hot then cold then warm well now we have no hot water at all... How do I even try to fix this problem?


If you're using well water that may be the problem. As, well water has a lot of minerals that will cause scale and clog the intake & heater coils. Cleaning/Flushing the unit with White Vinegar and water (50/50) may solve the problem. Also, If it gets hot fast and then stops, one of the "Thermal Cutout Switches" is cutting out. The water flow it probably blocked. On many models they have a "Screen" and or a "Grommet" that you can clean out. This in particular is what you need to clean.

To further investigate what may be causing the problem, Call Bosch Tech Support.

If you have a gas fired unit call
800-642-3111
If it's electric call
866-330-2729

Hope this helps solve your problem. Please let me know.

Feb 14, 2011 | Air Conditioners

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Whirlpool water heater has smally hot water i am unable to locate anode rod to remove/replace it


Your anode rod is at the top of the water heater and may be under a plastic plug. I have seen them foamed over as well. You can get a replacement rod from a good plumbing repair shop or from the internet. Pull up your model on the net to see where your rod is located.

Dec 19, 2008 | Air Conditioners

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Whirlpool water heater anode rod


Just replacing the rod with the same thing will not get rid of the odor. You can sometimes lessen it by using an aluminum rod instead of the magmesium rod but you lessen the protection your tank has. You could install a powered anode ( a little over $200 ) that would do a beter job. The other options are softening the water (but then you have more corosive water), installing a filter system ( filters can get expensive ) chlorinating the water ( again more corosive ), or removing and leaving the rod out ( this lowers the life of the heater and voids warranties ) I would consider the powered anode over the other choices.

Alot of these are very hard to break loose...they make a special tool that uses a torque multiplier and braces againt the tank for leverage, but I wouldn't think you would want to buy one- they are about $600. If using a breaker bar with a 3 or 4 foot pipe and a 6 point socket does not break it free you can try this: drain a few inches of water out of the tank and heat the hex part of the anode with a torch. Then pour some parafin on the thread are- it will get into the threads and may help you break it loose. Any way you do it is going to require some force. Good luck

Dec 18, 2008 | Whirlpool Air Conditioners

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I have a kenmore power miser 8 water heater no hot water even though i am a girl i worked in a hardware store for 8 yrs so i opened spot to top element and pushed reset button. it worked for a day. today...


The good news is this is a fairly common problem. Generally when a water heater pilot light goes out it is due to a faulty thermocouple. Replacing this is simple, takes just a few minutes and the part can be found at almost any hardware store.

Now for the not so good news. Kenmore and Whirlpool water heaters are both made by the same company and have severe problems with the gas control/thermostat unit. There is an internal sensor for the thermocouple inside and this goes bad. You can buy the unit and install it or have it installed by a plumber or Sears. Call the service number on the side of the water heater. If you change the unit yourself, there are instructions in the package the unit is in and instructions can be found online. Make sure you turn off the gas line running to the waterheater and release some water pressure from the water heater before you start. It is fairly easy to replace.

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Anode corrosion in hot water heater.


Thats what its fgor replace it, if it doesn't corrode your tank will..

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How do I find out the age of my hot water heater tank? 40 gallon propane model # BFG1F4034T3PV Whirlpool Hot Water Heater


Quickest way is to call Whirlpool, give the serial # and they can give you the Manufacture date. Sometimes its on the Information tag. But most of the time it's in the serial number in code.

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I have a whirlpool natural gas hot water heater model number fg1f4034t3nov. no hot water pilot will not lite and can not find any parts when seaching by model number.


is it a standing pilot? or Spark ing. model? if standing pilot you will need to replace the Thermocouple if spark you will need to replace the spark box

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