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Turn the temp dial up and it turns on to maintain that temp. check to make sure breaker is on and unit has power

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Easy way to replace it


Replacing a water heater is no very difficult if you follow the steps.
1. If it is electric turn of the breaker and check to be sure it is the right breaker. If it is gas turn off the valve close to the water heater.
2. Turn off both the hot water and cold water valves
3. Drain all water out of the heater.
4. Disconnect the electric wiring if electric and if gas disconnect the gas line.
5. Disconnect both water lines which may have to be cut depending on how they are connected.
6. Now you can remove the water heater and discard.
7. Place new heater where old one was removed and reconnect both water lines and be sure you have a new pressure valve installed on the water heater.
8. At this point you can turn on water and check for leaks. you should also open a hot water faucet to purge the air out.
9. If no leaks go ahead and hook up the electric or gas lines and if gas is used turn it on and check for leaks using a leak detector or a spray bottle of soapy water and look for bubbles. If no leaks you can go ahead and light the heater according to its instructions.
10. If electric is used turn it on.
11. Take a long hot shower.

Feb 01, 2016 | Water Heaters

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Rest button on electric water heater


Do not turn power ON before tank is full of water or element will burn out
Electric water heater heats 21 gallons water per hour
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Gene

Aug 17, 2014 | Water Heaters

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We have changed the element and is still not working.


What water heater do you have? Question posted under BW 120V 6 gallon electric.
Element is found on electric water heater.
Igniter is found on gas water heater.
So now it get's confusing what water heater you have.... for example some 6 gallon RV water heaters have both electric and gas. And troubleshoot for that is different than electric water heater.
Copy following link for electric water heater troubleshoot resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html
Does tank have 2 elements or 1? Which element did you change... why did you change element before replacing thermostat? What symptoms were you experiencing before changing element?
Is this a new heater? Was tank full of water before power turned ON?
Add a comment and describe problem in detail.
Gene

Jul 29, 2013 | Bradford White M16u6ss 6 Gallon 120v 1500w...

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HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE AFTER INSTULATION TO HEAT WATER


Electric water heater typically makes 21 gallons hot water per hour.
Gas heater makes 41 gallons per hour.
If you use a timer on electric heater, it will make enough hot water for shower in about 15 minutes summertimer and 30 minutes wintertime. So incoming water temperature is a factor.

If your water heater is not full of water before turning on electricity, then elements will burn out.
Also the ECO might be tripped out: open top cover and push in red reset button.
How to troubleshoot electric water heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

Apr 18, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Water is leaking from a whole in the top of the water heater what is the cause


If water heater is leaking out of a hole, then tank is rusted out and needs to be replaced.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html

First thing is protect yourself.
Tank could rupture.
Turn off power
-Electric heater: turn off circuit breaker
-Gas heater: turn knob from ON to pilot, so pilot light stays lit.
Open bathtub spout on hot side and release pressure.

Now you're save.
When you need hot water, turn heater on for 1 hour, use hot water, then turn heater off again.

You can limp along like this for a while until heater is replaced.

I buy water heaters at Lowes, Ace, Home Depot, Sears.
Look for scratch and dent.
Look for same size that you have now.
manufactured homes require heater that is made for that application.
Propane and natural gas heaters have different burner.

Always offer 10% less than asking price on any water heater.
You need teflon tape, 10" pipe wrench, new flexible water connectors, and a drip pan, and maybe insulation blanket.

Read how to install gas water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html
To install electric water heater, open link above because some things are same for both gas and electric.
Difference with electric is there is no gas line, and you connect wires same way that they came off.

Feb 04, 2011 | Rheem 50 Gallon FVR NATGAS Water Heater...

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My water heater has power at top element but not bottom...however the top element will not turn on either


Hi,


Yes, the reset probably is tripped...push in the red button hard
Then turn it on and try it...

Check out this tip..

How to replace the Thermostat and Element for
Electric Hot Water Heater

heatman101

Jan 28, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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Rheem water heater model #82V661 serial # RH0106D11663 leaking water at lower panel. Water is coming from above wiring and control panel. Is this fixable or need to be replaced? Mfg date is 01/2006


You have 240volt electric water heater
Check both elements for leaking.
Check top of tank for leaking pipes.

If water heater is leaking from side of tank, then tank is rusted out and could rupture.
This tank must be replaced.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html

My friend welded his tank to get more life out of tank, but he assumed the risk.

Hot water heaters are under pressure from heated water which expands.
If tank ruptures, water will flood out of tank and water will run until shut-off is turned OFF.
This causes major damage inside home.

Protect yourself first, and then let's talk more.
1) Turn off water at shut off located on cold water line above tank.
2) Turn off power to water heater:
Gas heater, rotate valve to 'pilot' so pilot is lit but burner does not turn ON.
Electric heater, turn off circuit breaker.
3) Open tub spout on hot side and let run a bit to relieve pressure.
4) Now your property is safe.

You can limp along with failed heater if leak is slow.
Turn heater ON when you need hot water.
Typical Gas heater makes 41 gallons hot water per hour.
Typical Electric heater makes 21 gallons hot water.
Shower uses 5-9 gallons hot water, bath uses 12-14 gallons hot water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Water-heater-reference-guide-2.jpg

If you are going to install heater yourself:
Look at label on side of old tank to identify size and particulars.
I buy ordinary heaters from Lowes and Home Depot and always buy scratch-n-dent models when possible, because superficial damage to outer tank does not lower lifespan of heaters I have installed.
Buy same size heater if it worked fine before.
Buy new flexible water connectors.
Set water heater in drip pan.
Offer 10% less than price shown. Make them deal with you. Shop Ace hardware, Lowes, Home Depot. Kick the tires since you have a bit of time.

I know you have electric heater, but many folks read these answers, so I include info on gas too.
#1 rule) tankless heaters are a rich-man's toy, because tankless will never pay you back, and will become major money pit if you encounter 1 repair. Electric tankless heaters require larger electric service box. Gas tankless require larger gas line (larger gas line, more gas consumption, bigger bill unless you cut consumption)
2) How to install gas heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-gas-water-heater.html
3) How to install electric heater:
Read link above because many of same steps apply to electric.
The difference with electric, is turn off power, disconnect wires, and reconnect wires exactly like before. Set electric heater directly on insulated surface like dense blue styrafoam. Cut styrafoam in circle so it fits inside dip pan. Wrap entire electric heater with insulation blanket, except don't cover TP valve.
4) Connect bare copper jumper wire between hot and cold pipes to prevent stray current corrosion which will shorten life of tank. Make sure cold water line is grounded.

Also read:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

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Jan 07, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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Seems as though there is a whole in the tank causing wter to spew out, The whole is yhe top of the tank and appears to be very small, can this be patched or soldered?


If water heater has a hole, then water heater is rusted out and must be replaced.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-at-bottom-of-water-heater.html

Immediate problem is ruptured tank.
Water heaters are under pressure, and rusted water heaters rupture and water runs until water is shut off.
This causes major damage inside home.

Protect yourself first, and then let's talk more.
1) Turn off water at shut off located on cold water line above tank.
2) Turn off power to water heater:
Gas heater, rotate valve to 'pilot' so pilot is lit but burner does not turn ON.
Electric heater, turn off circuit breaker.
3) Open tub spout on hot side and let run a bit to relieve pressure.
4) Now your property is safe.

You can limp along with failed heater if leak is slow.
Turn heater ON when you need hot water.
Typical Gas heater makes 41 gallons hot water per hour.
Typical Electric heater makes 21 gallons hot water.
Shower uses 5-9 gallons hot water, bath uses 12-14 gallons hot water.

If you are going to install heater yourself:
Look at label on side of old tank to identify size and particulars.
I buy ordinary heaters from Lowes and Home Depot and always look at scratch-n-dent models.
Buy same size heater if it worked fine before.
Buy new flexible water connectors.
Set water heater in drip pan.
Offer 10% less than price shown.

#1 rule) tankless heaters are a rich-man's toy, because tankless will never pay you back, and will become major money pit with 1 repair.
2) How to install gas heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-gas-water-heater.html
3) How to install electric heater:
Read link above because many of same steps apply to electric.
The difference with electric, is turn off power, disconnect wires, and reconnect wires exactly like before. Set electric heater directly on insulated surface like dense blue styrafoam. Cut styrafoam in a circle so it fits inside dip pan.

Also read:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

Add a comment for more free assistance.
Also take advantage of fixya phone service.
For a price, fixya expert speaks to you via phone about any do-it-yourself problem.

Jan 01, 2011 | Water Heaters

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ATWOOD WATER HEATER


you will need to have a 115 curent for electric, run a line off the panel box, turn off water to the house drain it down, disconnect the lp gas line and cap it off, remove the water heater, install the new heater run the cold side water to the cold side {blue on the heater} the hot side to the red, take the cover plate off on the water heater run the wires, hook up the groung wire then the red and white wires to the wires comming off the panel box,, fill the water heater with water have a open faucet on the hot side, and bleed the air out, DO NOT TURN ON ELECTRIC TILL THE AIR IS OUT OF TANK AND WATER IS FLOWING THRU COMPLETELY, after you get water commming out of the faucet turn it off and turn the electric on to the water heater ,, wait about 30 min, you will have warm after an hour it will be hot and you are done,, good luck write me if you have questions, gary1121@aol.com

Jun 29, 2009 | RTO Atwood Water Heater - 6 Gal LP

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