Question about Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC 82V522

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Replaced the bottom element the old one was fried. I cleaned out all the sediment I could , flushed it out several times. Found the reset button ,reset it. Flipped the breaker back on and nothing. Checked all my wiring.

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  • Rheem Master
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Jan 2013
1) Did you fill tank with water before applying power?
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#new

2) add comment for more assistance as needed.

Posted on Jan 20, 2013

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    coltonbrians Jan 20, 2013

    I didn't check the top element, I'll do that this morning, and yes Gene i did fill the tank.

  • Gene Haynes Jan 20, 2013

    Open the link I sent and go through the checklist. The link has every possible thing that could cause newly repaired water heater not to function, based on answering questions at fixya for several years, and experience in the field.

  • coltonbrians
    coltonbrians Jan 22, 2013

    Got it figured out. One of the fuses in the quick dissconnect went bad as well. Thanks for your advice.

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SOURCE: 81sv-300 Breaker was turned off then

The button could be stuck on the thermostat or needs replacing. You try to reset it by putting the screw driver head against the reset button and bump the handle with your hand to try to free it up. I have tried that and it free up one, reguardless if it didn't you would have to replace it any way if it is bad.
The button should pree in to reset, also check element's out they can short and throw your breaker.

Posted on Aug 01, 2010

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SOURCE: How does the reset work? I am helping a friend

The reset button is set up to open the circuit if excess current is drawn by a failed Element. It works by getting hot and switching off due to current above its rating. The burnt wiring more llikely happened over a period of time because of a resistive joint in the block getting hot due to the high current that water heaters consume. It seems that the element has failed if the reset button does not get the system working.

Posted on Sep 17, 2010

SOURCE: replaced bottom element and both

Reset trips when upper thermostat senses high heat event over 150 degrees F.

High heat can be caused by:

1) Element shorted to ground through center of element. Thermostats turn off one leg of 240V circuit. Elements always have 120V available. If element is shorted to ground, it might not trip breaker, and continues to heat using one leg of 240 with circuit completed to ground wire.
Test elements:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-EH40-hot-water-heater-timer.html#120-240

2) Insulation and cover not put back over thermostat. Thermostat exposed to cool air, misreads temperature causing element to continue heating.

3) Thermostat sticking in ON position. I usually replace both thermostats at same time to save another trip.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

4) Shorted wire or loose wire at or near upper thermostat. Check that screws are very tight against copper wire.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

5) One suspect can be eliminated is 240Volt power to heater.
Your heater circuit is good.

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Posted on Jan 18, 2011

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SOURCE: My hot water heater tripped the circuit breaker on

Tough problem here. Most dual element heaters share one line. if this is the case and you have power on the top and none on the bottom I would check the connecting wires one to another. also check the settings of the thermostats. They may be adjusted all the way down. If the wires and connections are good I would recommend ohm testing the new elements. I have burned elements out by introducing cold water to very hot coils (forgetting to turn the water on after flipping the breaker)
Never forget that calcium buildup will short the element. If touching on the bottom you will burn it up.
If this does not help try borrowing hot water from neighbors ;)
Good luck
Joe

Posted on Feb 15, 2011

Testimonial: "top element = O ohms, burned out. Replaced top element, turned water on and waited for tank to fill this time "Prior" to plugging in. THANKS!! "

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Marathon is 240Volt water heater.
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Enough hot water for 1 bath. Replaced upper and lower elements and replaced both thermostats. could it be a sedament problem? heater is 5 years old. I never ran out of hot water before now.


You have 240Volt Marathon water heater.
These heaters have element burn-out problems.
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Yes sediment can cause decreased amount of hot water when water cannot circulate around lower element, and sediment can cause lower element to burn out.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

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If you have some hot water, then that says several things:
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-Electricity from circuit breaker to upper thermostat is good.
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-Access doors and insulation are in place and thermostat not exposed to cool temperature that causes overheating.

That leaves following suspects:
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2) Upper or lower thermostat is bad.

3) Lower element is bad -and- maybe tank has built-up sediment
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4) Loose wire. Open covers and inspect. Tighten screws very tight against copper wire.

5) Bad wire between upper and lower sections of tank.

6) Do complete 30 minute troubleshoot before replacing any parts.
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A] First of all, we know your upper element is working because you have some hot water:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html
That says tank is not overheating.
It says tank is getting 240Volts.
It we know water heater is 240Volts because you have 2 elements.
And it says reset button is not tripped.

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And when you replaced lower element, did you also clean sediment out of tank?

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