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Rest Electric Hot Water Tank Thermostat


I understand that you need to reset your hot water tank thermostat. Here are some instructions for you to follow with visual aids on what you are looking for and what you need to rest.

First you must locate the thermostat in order to rest it. There are usually two service panels on a hot water tank. The service panels look similar to the ones in the picture below.

justinbur167.jpg Once you locate the service panel(s) you will need to remove the top on and locate the thermostat the reset should be in the top one. You will be looking for the button that is located in the middle of the thermostat. This button will need to be pushed down firmly. The rest button is often red however; it comes in many different colors, shapes and sizes.
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If the thermostat rest automatically pops back up then you will need to replace the thermostat. If you do not hear the heating elements heating up like in your coffee maker her the noise of the elements heating. You may have a bad element or thermostat of even both may be bad. The cost of rebuilding a hot water tank is cheap compared to replacing so I would suggest rebuilding. This is a pretty easy task that you can also receive help from FixYa for.

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on Apr 09, 2011 | Water Heaters

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I have a six month old Reliance 40 gallon water electric heater,The thermostats keep shutting the heating rods down, leaving only cold to lukewarm water, no matter how much I adjust the thermostat readings...


1) Try changing both thermostats. Thermostats are frequently defective. Don't change 1, change both, using generic parts from hardware or home center or plumbing supply.
Be sure to put-back insulation and cover over thermostats so they are not exposed to cooler air and cause misread of tank temperature.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

2) Next step would be complete 30 minute troubleshoot, that would isolate the problem and give understanding of water heater operation.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

http://waterheatertimer.org/How-electric-water-heater-works.html

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Jan 24, 2011 | Reliance Electric Water Heater Thermostat

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What else could be causing water to flow from the relief valve/discharge line? I replaced the valve and about 6 hours later it was doing it again. Could my thermostat be bad?


Yes a defective thermostat can cause tank to overheat.
I would replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

There are two other possible suspects:
1) Factory-installed insulation and covers have been take off tank so thermostats are exposed to cool air and misread temperatures and cause overheating

2) One of the elements is shorted in middle of element and still heating after thermostat is turned off + upper thermostat ECO reset is not tripping because it is defective.

If replacing thermostats doesn't fix problem, then test elements, and/or do complete troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Jan 23, 2011 | Water Heaters

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Need to reset at thermostat often. Before and after replacing elements.


I would replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

There are two other possible suspects:
1) Factory-installed insulation and covers have been taken off tank so thermostats exposed to cool air and misread temperatures and cause overheating

2) One of the elements is shorted in middle of element and still heating after thermostat turns off, plus upper thermostat ECO reset is not tripping because it is defective.

If replacing thermostats doesn't fix problem, then test elements, and/or do complete troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Jan 23, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Replaced bottom element and both thermosats. the reset button tripped what would cause this to happen


Reset trips when upper thermostat senses high heat event over 150 degrees F.

High heat can be caused by:

1) Element shorted to ground through center of element. Thermostats turn off one leg of 240V circuit. Elements always have 120V available. If element is shorted to ground, it might not trip breaker, and continues to heat using one leg of 240 with circuit completed to ground wire.
Test elements:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-EH40-hot-water-heater-timer.html#120-240

2) Insulation and cover not put back over thermostat. Thermostat exposed to cool air, misreads temperature causing element to continue heating.

3) Thermostat sticking in ON position. I usually replace both thermostats at same time to save another trip.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

4) Shorted wire or loose wire at or near upper thermostat. Check that screws are very tight against copper wire.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

5) One suspect can be eliminated is 240Volt power to heater.
Your heater circuit is good.

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Jan 18, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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It has cold water comign out no hot


Hi,


Yes, the reset probably is tripped...push in the red button hard
Then turn it on and try it...

Check out this tip..

How to replace the Thermostat and Element for
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Jan 18, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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My water heater wont heat up


You posted under Marathon electric heater.
If you have tankless or tank-type gas heater, information below does not apply.

Absence of hot water say upper element is not working.
1) This can be caused by tripped reset button located on upper thermostat. Open upper cover and push in reset button. Put ear against tank to hear bubbly fizzing sound. Put insulation and cover back over thermostat. Continue reading information below because reset button trips when thermostats are bad or element is shorted.
2) Upper thermostat is bad. Replace upper thermostat. I usually replace both upper and lower thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
3) Electricity going to water heater from breaker box is interrupted.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html
4) Upper element is bad. Test element. Replace element if needed.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

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Jan 17, 2011 | Rheem MR105245 Marathon Electric Water...

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Hello, I have a Rheem 81V52D 50 gal. residential water heater. I had the upper element short out. I replaced both the upper & lower elements with the 4500 watt 230v. My problem now is that the upper...


It's probably bad upper or lower thermostat.
BUT... new element could also be shorted.
OR ... original tank is rated 1500 watt elements look at label on side of tank.
I always replace both thermostats to save time.
Lower thermostat costs $10 at Lowes.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

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Jan 16, 2011 | Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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Did Ohms check on elements and both upper and lower registered fine. Show power to upper thermostat and upper element but no power to lower element. How do I know it is the thermostat below or the one...


1) All 2-element tanks are 240 volts.
I replace both thermostats
Be sure to put insulation and covers back when finished so thermostats not exposed to cool air that will cause temperature misread.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

2) How thermostats work
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-water-heater-thermostat-works.html

3) You have multimeter, so you're right there.
Take 30 minutes and do complete water heater troubleshoot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Jan 15, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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