Question about Water Heaters
The "Box store" elements will not screw into the bottom threaded hole of my 40 gal reliance 501, seem smaller is there a difference?
Reliance-Rheem may have changed away from generic parts so you have to buy special order parts from them.
I have not heard of this before for elements... but Rheem does that for other parts.
Avoid Rheem products.
Rheem also makes a 1-3/4" element to fit Marathon water heaters, instead of standard 1-1/2"
Actual thread size for standard water heater is same as 1" pipe, except straight thread instead tapered pipe thread.
See if 1" pipe will thread into water heater element opening.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: I installed a now 40
How they work. First you need to know that cold water goes into the tank near the bottom (because of the "dip tube" inside the tank) and hot water is taken out at the top. Also hot water naturally rises.
so... when the tank is full of cold water the top element will come on and heat up the top 1/3 of the water then the bottom element will come on and finish heating the rest of the tank.
Posted on Apr 20, 2009
Willard when you say it throws the reset button,do you mean the breaker on your fuse box of your home?
If you mean that then yes it could be a bad element.The bottom element takes all the abuse on a electric hot water heater. They can short out,and need to be replaced.
Posted on Dec 01, 2009
SOURCE: I have Reliance electric water
Your water heater has two 4500 watt elements so water heater is 240Volts, and water heater is rated 4500 watts. Both elements are not ON at same time, and this is called non-simultaneous operation.
The element might have been smaller in length, but it will work fine.
Why is it smaller. I don't know. Elements are different from manufacturer to manufacturer.
The 501 does not use a special element.
Local box stores and hardware stores sell elements in water heater department.
The wattage of element is printed on end of each element.
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Posted on May 20, 2011
You do not need special parts.
Wattage is printed on end of each element.
Buy generic elements at hardware store.
Posted on May 22, 2012
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