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Electric hot water heater made a loud vibration type noise, followed by a bit of a power surge.

Just changed the top element today and the bottom one a couple of weeks ago.

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Take an amp draw on each element while they are on.

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Have power at top element but not bottom


1) Copy following links:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

2) Upper element is good because you have some hot water.
Circuit breaker and power to water heater are probably good.
Step 1: Test lower element. Replace if needed.
Next step, If lower element is good: Replace upper and lower thermostats.

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Copy following link for tank-type electric water heater troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#skyrocket

Press reset button located on upper thermostat.
Test elements for short to ground against steel tank.
Clean sediment out of tank. Check for water leak running hot water out of tank.
Replace both thermostats.
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Hi,

The next thing you need to do is find out whether you have 240v to the bottom element....the top will not heat till the bottom is satisfied...
An electric meter is critical when working with these units....trace the power and see where it stops....

here also are some tips that will help you...

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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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The elements never run at the same time, it would take to much energy for a standard residential heater. Instead, they rotate powering up back and forth depending on the hot water demand. If you getting 208 to 240 volts on the top element and nothing is happening, the top element is bad and needs to be replaced. If you can swing 30 bucks, replace both elements and both thermostats at the same time. This way you know that everything is new. Check out this generic water-heater wiring schematic.

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Hi,
The noise is inherent in electric hot water heaters. It is the noise that the water makes when it is being heated by electric heating elements. Mineral buildup on the elements can make it worse, so changing the elements can help...but will not totally elimenate the noise. When I install a new tank and turn it on all I have to do is listen to it to see if it is working or not...even brand new will make a sound...it is the sound of hot water... :-)

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Hi,
Go to this link and page down, it gives you the wiring diagram for a dual element hot water heater.

http://www.plumbingsupply.com/element-installation-instructions.html

I hope that this will help you to solve your problem!

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Willard when you say it throws the reset button,do you mean the breaker on your fuse box of your home?
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