Question about Water Water Heaters
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Bets say you have an electric water heater. shut off the electricity to the unit (typically in the breaker box), and then the water inlet valve. Locate the TPV valve, either on top of or near the top on the side, of the unit. Generally they have a small lever attached.
Depending on where in the home the heater is located, if indoors it should have thawed by now, outdoors it may still be frozen, remove the panels covering the elements. each of the elements will have a thermostat, each may be equipped with an independant reset button. press these. if one or the other seems to reset (a noticeable 'click), replace the covers.
ONLY if you were successful in resetting the thermostats, restore power, and wait 30 minutes. SLOWLY open the water supply, and watch for water leakage, listen for water flow(make sure all faucets are OFF first) Freezing can rupture the tank, ice can hold the TPV open, so there is a good chance your water heater is trash. Exercise caution.
In freezing conditions with a power outage, ALWAYS open the hot water someplace in the home to allow water flow(not full stream) to prevent freezing.
Posted on Dec 20, 2014
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If the blower continues after the end of the burn cycle it is the cool the heater down. Over running would indicate a defective end cycle temp relay.
Good Luck, Phil
Posted on Dec 11, 2008
Th epproblem you are most likely have is from a safety called a flag switch usually located either in the blower or right past it. When you unplug and replug you reset the switch. Sequence of events.
1 fan comes on.
2 switch is made from the airflow of the fan.
3 ignitor come on
4. main gas valve opens and ignitor starts flame.
You are being stopped at step 2 when the fan does not move with the air. This shuts off and out the water heater from calling again. Find the fan switch and make sure it moves easily. They get dirty and also dry from lack of lube. Good luck.
Posted on Mar 16, 2009
SOURCE: Rheem water heater Model 81v40DT
It sounds like the pressure/temperature relief valve is stuck open slightly, and draining out the PVC pipe. This is common in poor water locations.
You can try lifting the release on the top and letting it pop shut again, but chances are good that by now the seat has been destroyed by the water passing over it. Replacements are available at any home store, just remember to drain the water out of the heater so you don't flood the garage. MAKE SURE YOU TURN OFF THE POWER FIRST OR YOU WILL BE REPLACING THE ELEMENTS ALSO! You will need to wrap the threads with teflon tape before installing the new valve.
Posted on Mar 30, 2010
SOURCE: no hot water
If you checked the reset, then the next thing to check would be the breaker in your breaker box. If that doesnt work start checking the elements. The reset, the thermostat and the elements are pretty much all that can go wrong with an electric water heater, short of a leaky tank or faulty t&p valve. Hope this helps.
Posted on May 11, 2010
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