Question about Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC 82V522
1) Did you fill tank with water before applying power?
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Posted on Jan 20, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
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.
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.
4) Shorted wire or loose wire at or near upper thermostat. Check that screws are very tight against copper wire.
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
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 ;)
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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