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Just replaced both elements to my reliance electric heater..heats fine but after 1 shower i have to reset red button and repeat process daily Whats up? thanks


Replace thermostats.
One of the thermostats is sticking causing overheating that trips ECO reset located on upper thermostat. There is no good way to test thermostats since testing means turning the temperature setting which temporarily unsticks bad thermostat so it looks like it works ok, so replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

Sep 17, 2012 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Called and was told to change lower thermostat but yet again I had to go push red reset button on top panel to get it back on to get hot water. what should I do now?


You have electric water heater.
You have top and bottom panel, so water heater is 240Volt.
No hot water because ECO reset button tripped.
Water heater works correctly when reset button is reset, so electric power and circuit breaker are good. Water heater wiring is probably good.

Problem is most likely bad thermostat.
I usually replace both upper and lower thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

If problems continue after replacing thermostats, then test and replace elements.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html
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Aug 05, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a Reliance 501 model # 5 30 2srs4. I had to reset the unit after waking up to cold water. The water heated up in no time at all but the water was super hot. So hot it triped the reset button again....


Hi,
No, the top thermostat will always heat first and then it should dwitch the power to the bottom one after the top of the tank heats...this is to get you hot water faster...
The top thermostat is bad and is not shutting off or switching....
Replace the top thermostat/reset combination and you''l be good!!


Check out this tip..

How to replace the Thermostat and Element for
Electric Hot Water Heater

heatman101

Jan 03, 2011 | Reliance & Lowboy& Electric Water Heater

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Have sta kleen 805 , have power,240 v no hot water


If I understand correctly, your water heater circuit tested for 240 Volts.

1) If circuit has power on one leg of the 240V circuit, water heater can appear to have electricity, but won't turn on since 240V needs both legs to complete the 240V circuit. Solution: test for 240 across top two screws on upper thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/B220C.html

2) ECO reset button tripped on upper thermostat. Solution, push in reset button. If reset will not reset, then replace upper thermostat. I usually replace both upper and lower thermostats at same time: cost $28. Buy parts from home center or hardware store. Be sure to put factory-insulation and covers back so thermostat is not exposed to cooler outside temperatures, that cause hotter water than set point.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) If ECO reset button keeps tripping, then keep resetting until you can test water heater parts. Spend 30 minutes and do complete troubleshoot on tank.
Buy cheap multi-meter from home center. When test calls for checking voltage, rotate dial to 240-250-277 VAC. When test calls for checking continuity or elements, rotate dial to Ohms (upside down horseshoe is ohms).
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Dec 29, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Themostat is bad


If water heater thermostat is bad, buy a generic thermostat at hardware store and install it according to instructions shown on link below:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
I usually replace both upper and lower thermostats for about $28.
Lowes sells thermostats and elements.
If your water heater is a single-element/ single-thermostat, you can buy any thermostat with red reset button.
Technically a single-element thermostat has 1 less screw, but either thermostat will work.
If your water heater is 120V or 240V, the same thermostat will work of either voltage.
This is true because the thermostat is a simple bi-metal heat-reading device that does not operate on electric current.

That being said, you might want to test parts before replacing anything, in case problem is element.
To do comprehensive electric water heater troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Image below shows generic thermostat with reset button. Each of these will work for single-element or dual-element tanks with either 120V or 240V. Wires connect just as they did on old thermostat. Tighten wires very tight. Press in reset button to make sure ECO is set. Put insulation and cover back over thermostat when finished.
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Dec 22, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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WHERE IS THE RESET BUTTON ON THE 6EM30-2 FROM AUG 2004?


Electric water heater has panels located on front of water heater.
Remove top cover, and insulation to reveal thermostat and element.

Stand on dry surface, including boards or plywood.
Do not hold screwdriver in mouth.
Do not touch any metal.
Red reset button is located on thermostat.
Push in reset.
If reset will not re-engage, then thermostat may be bad, or some other problem exists.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
Screw terminals on thermostat are live.
When finished, insulation and cover must be put back over thermostat so thermostat not exposed to cool air that will cause thermostat to misread tank temperature.
Put ear against tank to hear bubbly-fizzing sound that says water heater is working.

If water heater is leaking or wet, do not touch unless circuit breaker is turned off.

Electric water heater is fully repairable by homeowner.
ECO red reset button trips when upper thermostat senses overheating.
You many have underlying problem if reset continues tripping:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

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Dec 09, 2010 | Audiovox Richmond 6EM30-2 30-Gallon 6-Year...

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Circuit breaker in water heater will not reset.


If I understand correctly the red reset button or ECO located on upper thermostat will not reset.
Add a comment if problem is different.

Electric water heaters are fully repairable by homeowner.
If circuit breaker to water heater will not reset, then you need full troubleshoot using inexpensive multi-meter from Home Depot::
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

If reset button will not reset, then two things can cause this problem.
1) Ground short between upper thermostat and upper element, including shorted upper element.
a) Look at wires to see visible signs of high heat and burning.
b) Test upper element for short.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

2) Upper thermostat is bad. Test upper thermostat, or just replace thermostat using generic upper thermostat from hardware store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) If problems persist:
Troubleshoot electric water heater using inexpensive multi-meter from Home Depot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html


Upper thermostats are generic unless you have "energy-smart" water heater that has control box and reset button located on top of tank.
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Nov 29, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Water is not hot


If your water has NO hot water, then click circuit breaker

Next, click red reset button.
Turn off power.
Open cover on water heater.
If heater has 2 covers, open top cover
After re-seting water heater, insulation must be put back over thermostat to prevent cooler air from affecting thermostat.
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1) Reset button is a good starting place to check water heater.
Reset clicks off for a number of reasons, including overheated water.

2) Reset will not reset, then replace thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) Resets clicks on, but clicks off again later, you should diagnose the problem.
Clicking reset is not a hazard
Click the reset as often as you want until you have time to diagnose.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

4) Reset is not tripped, and you still do not have hot water:
Then use tester on top two screws (T1 - T3 screws -or- 1 and 3 screws) of upper thermostat to check if you have power.

If you have power, then replace thermostat.
If problems continue, a full diagnosis is needed as per the link above

If you need more help, add a comment and I will respond

Oct 29, 2010 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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I have an AO Smith Model EES 52 917 hot water heater. This morning my hot water suddenly disappeared. I have tried resetting the breaker with no luck.. I am not sure what else to try.


You have electric water heater.

Inside the upper panel on water heater is a thermostat with red reset button.
1) Click the reset.
2) Put insulation back over thermostat so it is not exposed to cooler air, so it reads correct temperature.

After resetting thermostat, you will have hot water.
The reset automatically clicks off when thermostat detects temperatures in excess of 150 degrees.
The re-set is a safety device, and it keeps everything safe.
If reset will not 're-set' with cold water in the tank, then thermostat is bad, replace thermostat.
You can repair electric water heater yourself following steps on links below

http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

If the reset clicks off again, just reset it
This is not a dangerous situation
Reset thermostat as many times as necessary until you can fix the problem

If you have trouble fixing the problem, add a comment at bottom of this page and it sends me an e-mail and I will help further

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Thermostats with ECO red reset

Oct 26, 2010 | Water Heaters

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Electric water heater out. Already replaced elements and breaker. Getting power to the unit but no hot water. What now?


Have you reset thermostat on the heater, it will be the top thermostat right above the element. It will have a red reset button to press to reset. They will trip causing the heater not to work till it's reset or replaced due to thermostat gone bad. Chances are you may only have to reset it.

Please go to link below with to get some very helpful information on these topic's. If you replaced everything but the thermostat or reset it that's all left to hold out power to water heater. The thermostat is a safety device to protect the home owner. You may have had a element short out to trip it.
It will take 30 to 45 minutes to start to produce hot water after power comes back on.

http://www.water-heater-repair-guide.com/electricwaterheatertroubleshooting.html

Jun 17, 2010 | Audiovox Richmond 6G40-36F 6-Year Tall Gas...

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