Question about Rheem Water Heaters
Reset button not popped out;can not reset.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
There is 2 ways to do this.
The first way is to turn off the power. Turn off the incoming water (cold) to the heater. Go to a faucet close to the location. Turn off the cold water supply under the sink. Open the hot water side of the faucet. Allow any water to drain from the faucet. Make sure that the water coming out is not under pressure. You should be able to tell by how it come out. Easy, or forceful. Now go to the heater and open the bottom drain valve. The reason it does not drain very easy is because you have a vacuum. Similar to having a soda bottle full of water and turning it upside down. It will drain but it will "Glug" and drain slow. Opening the hot side of the faucet relieves the vacuum and it should drain o.k. When you are done with your repair, leave the hot side of the faucet open and turn on the incoming water to the heater on. Let it fill till you get a steady stream of water from the faucet. This "Burbs" all air out and ensures the tank is full prior to turning on the power. When you get the steady stream, turn off the faucet and restore power. In some cases, the heater may sweat because you are heating very cold water. This is normal and will only happen this one time.
Now if you want to know the second way, let me know. I've done it dozens of times with plenty of success and minimal mess.
Posted on Mar 06, 2009
If you are reffering to the drain valve at the bottom of the hot water tank. It may be leaking due to the O ring being cracked or worn out. You can either drain the tank and replace the valve or you can buy a hosebib brass cap and thread it on the existing valve. There is no cause for alarm when doing this as this valve is just to drain the tank when replacing your hot water heater
Posted on Feb 25, 2010
Look on label on side of tank.
Wattage of tank will be element wattage. This is true if tank has one or two elements since both elements are never ON at same time.
Simply go to hardware store and buy 3500W element.
Take phone photo to store if needed for identification.
Wattage appears on end of each element.
Posted on Apr 08, 2011
SOURCE: need to up water temp
The two blue rectangular cover plates, held on by two scews, cand be removed by taking out screws. There might be a little piece of insulation present when you pull off the panel, pull that out. You will see a pointer that is shaped kind of like an egg, pointing at numbers which represent temp in degrees. Start with the lower dial, this is your thermostat, Raise temp setting by 10 deg. Hypothetically, depending on what your present setting is, try setting lower thermostat at 130 and upper at 120. Your lower thermostat should be higher than the upper because of heat rising, it is more effecient and both thermostats don't have to be at the same temp. This will save you money in the long run.
Posted on May 25, 2011
Check 240 circuit breaker.
Open top cover on water heater and push in ECO red reset button.
If reset button will not reset, then replace thermostat.
If reset is not tripped out, then either upper thermostat is bad, upper element is bad, or water heater might be getting 120V instead of 240V.
If you have some hot water, then best suspect is lower element.
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Posted on May 26, 2011
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