Question about Water Heaters
The water heater was installed (1967 home) with only two wires (240v) and no ground wire. I presume that it would have been meant to ground through the original pipes, however at a later date pvc pipe was installed on cold and hot side of the heater. Would it be safe to place a grounding strap from the water heater to the metal pipe on the other side of the pvc splice, or is it necessary to run a ground wire all the way back to the breaker box? Which is safer?
Run to breaker panel or drive a 8ft ground rod and connect to it the water line is no longer acceptable as the public utility's are using pvc for gas and water now and this is no longer a practice you could use the ground rod that is already installed on your service and use connector , but something you might do well to check is to make sure in the process of installing the plastic pipes the ground going to the panel was not also disrupted if so you will need to install 2 8ft ground rods at least 6 ft apart and daisey chain together with proper size ground wire . # 4 solid for 200 amp and # 6 solid for 100 amp service , I would make sure the panel ground is solid very important for safety ,, let me know if i can further assist
Posted on Feb 07, 2009
You have clearly lost your ground due to PVC. One solution would be to run copper ground wire from the hot water tank to the metal splice on each end of the PVC. It is not necessary to go all the way back to the breaker box.
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Oct 15, 2012 | Intermatic EH40 - Electronic Water Heater...
Feb 24, 2011 | Reliance & 50gal Electric Water Heater
Feb 19, 2011 | Bosch PowerStar AE9.5 AE9.5 Point-of-Use...
Feb 17, 2011 | Reliance & 40 Gal Electric Mobile Home...
Feb 08, 2011 | Whirlpool Water Heaters
Jan 07, 2011 | Water Heaters
Dec 28, 2010 | Rheem Water Heaters
Dec 16, 2010 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...
If wire is bad between upper and lower parts of water heater, and water heater has tight-fitting 2" foam insulation, it usually indicates water heater replacement.
Sep 20, 2010 | Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...
Dec 28, 2008 | Intermatic WH40 - Water Heater Time Switch...
1,365 people viewed this question
Usually answered in minutes!