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Why do we need to have to continuously adjust the temperature of the water when we're taking a shower. We have a new Rheem gas .hot water tank


It *may* not be a problem with the water heater itself necessarily. When you say "keep adjusting the water temperature when you're taking a shower" I presume you're talking about turning the shower hot/cold knob(s) and not the temp thermostat on the water heater itself.
If so, when it starts to run colder, turn the knob all the way to full hot. Is the water then very hot? If so, the water heater is working fine & doing its job, and the problem is likely to be in the shower faucet mixing valve itself. Sometimes a faulty one will expand the inner seals/cartridge as hot water flows thru it, and starts to (wrongly) restrict the hot water flow, thus causing the constant need to "turn the dial up a notch".

Oct 29, 2014 | Rheem Water Heaters

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My hot water heater is 6 yrs old should i change the elements or replace the water heater


Replace elements and thermostats
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
Check the anode rod
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

If anode is replaced, then tank will not rust.
This maintenance will keep electric water heater is good operating order indefinitely.
You never need to replace electric water heater if water pressure is kept below 80 psi, and anode is good and keeps tank from rusting.

Nov 20, 2012 | Water Heaters

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It appears that you have a bad element(s) in your water heater. You may need to call a repairman, or you can buy a new element(s) and replace it yourself. You will have to disconnect water heater from electricity, turn water supply off, drain the water heater in order to replace the element which, as I recall are located in the bottom of the heater.

May 07, 2012 | Water Heaters

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Keep throwing breaker both element are good do they heat togeather are alt. bob ferguson


1) Water heater is tripping breaker. Sounds like a short in water heater or bad breaker.
Open following link for troubleshoot walk-thru.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

2) If you have 2-element tank-type water heater, then water heater is 240Volt.
Dual-Element tanks are usually wired for non-simultaneous operation.
Only one element is turned ON at one time.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

3) Some special order water heaters and water heaters that are rewired for specific reason can be simultaneous. Both elements could be ON at same time. This would be evident by 50 amp 240Volt circuit breaker and 8 gauge wire to heater, or two separate 30 amp breakers and two wires going to water heater.

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Sep 15, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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I have a Atwood dsi water heater that after hot it wil keep lighting run a few minute and shut off and it will keep doing this but some times off for hours normal. I changed thermostats no difference


Don't forget pressure relief valve as well. Small drip is acceptable though. Double check by-pass valves are in proper position as well.
Thermostat if working properly would have to sense (feel) cooler water at it's location in order to re-ignite system, which makes me think, cooler water is circulating through there somehow.

Dec 14, 2010 | RTO Atwood DSI-RV Water Heater-6 Gallon

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My Reliance water heater suddenly produced only luke warmwarm water. I checked for power to the elements. Top one had nothing, bottom one had 110. I replaced the top element (which looked ok.) (power...


Lower element will always test 120V to ground since thermostats turn off one hot wire.

Listed below are suspects in order of ease.

1) Check that hot water is not running out of TP valve and down into a drain.
This will cause water heater to run all the time but not be able to keep up.

2) Test elements before replacing anything:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

3) Test electricity to water heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

4) Replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

5) Final thing would be full troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Sep 29, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I can't get my pilot light turned on. I have a Rheem powervent water heater and I can't turn it on. I keep getting an error message that says "FVD interface failure/miswiring". What do I have to do to...


Hello,
Most likely your flame sensor wiring is partially burn't or has an open circuit fault that's giving you the error message. This wire starts at the gas control and ends next to the pilot assembly. It can easily be replaced using a small wrench to unscrew the end connector from the control and the flame sensor rod at the pilot assembly. Call Rheem and see if the water heater is still under warranty, but even if it isn't they can most likely order the part you need for you. The phone # is on one of the data decals on the side of the water heater tank. They will need the model # and serial # to order the part. Be sure you unplug the unit before working on it! Douglas

Sep 28, 2010 | Rheem 50 Gallon FVR NATGAS Water Heater...

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The hot water is no longer very hot, just nice and warm. What caused this? I have an electric water heater.


Listed below are suspects in order of ease.

1) Check that hot water is not running out of TP valve and down into a drain.
This will cause water heater to run all the time but not be able to keep up.

2) Test elements before replacing anything:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-element.html

3) Test electricity to water heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

4) Replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

5) Final thing would be full troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Add a comment for more free help.
Also take advantage of fixya phone service.
For a price, expert speaks with you over phone while you work on water heater or any do-it-yourself project.
Fixya is always less expensive than a service call.

Sep 26, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Rheen water tank does not work


Hi,
Turn the water off and replace the relief valve...
If there is that much water running out of it the hot water hweater cannot keep up...
Replace the relief valve and then you will have hot water..

heatman101

Apr 17, 2010 | Rheem 81VP6S/430126 Water Heater

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