Question about RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
hook up garden hose to faucet @ the bottom of the tank and drain the hose to the outdoors or down a floor drain and open the valve , leaving the cold supply valve on , let it run until it runs clear , this will get rid of some of the sediment deposit that form at the bottom of tank , is the most effective way i know , good luck
Posted on Dec 31, 2009
it is located on the thermostat. Take the cover off the side and you will see a little red button in the side of the themostat.
Posted on Jan 11, 2010
1) Shut the breaker off to it at the panel. 2) Hook a hose up to it (the bottom has a drain). 3) Close the valve to the water heater (on the cold water supply). 4) Open drain on the bottom of water heater. 5) Open the relief valve to allow air into the tank (it won't drain otherwise - think if you put your finger on one end of a straw - the liquid stays in until you let go). Why are you draining it by the way?
Posted on Jan 31, 2010
There is an address near the end of this link to request manuals of reliance water heaters not listed. http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/om.html
it is quite possible that your heater works on the same principle as one of the other models and just differs in capacity or power rating.
Posted on Apr 11, 2010
Electric water heater is fully repairable by homeowner.
Following information will tell you how.
1) Background on your heater:
Reliance is AO Smith company.
Age of water heater is shown in serial number. First character is letter. Second 2 characters are numbers, which are year of manufacture. For example 05 is year 2005.
The 501 manual is not shown on Reliance website:
2) Two things known for sure:
- electricity is OK
- upper element is working because there is some hot water.
3) Three things can cause problem you describe:
- Loose wire located from upper thermostat to lower element and thermostat.
- Upper or lower thermostat is bad
- Lower element is burned out
4) How to troubleshoot and repair
- Turn off power, open covers and look for loose and burned wiring, especially on lower element.
- When finished, put back insulation and covers so thermostat not exposed to cooler temperatures.
- Burned wire on lower element is evidence that lower element is burned out.
- If you do not want to follow testing steps below, next step is to replace both upper and lower thermostat for about 25$ and see if problem persists.
- If problem persists, replace lower element.
5) Test lower element, before replacing anything
6) Troubleshoot electric water heater
7) How to replace lower element and clean sediment out of tank:
Posted on Nov 18, 2010
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