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Reliance water heater has a loud pop and somthing

Reliance water heater has one loud pop after using hot water and somthing is shorting out so bad that it dims lights in my house where do i start

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YOU ARE PROBABLY HEARING THE WATER PERK DUE TO CALCIUM AND LINE BUILD UP.. YOU CAN DESCALE WITH ACID BUT IT TAKES A CIRCULATION PUMP AND A LITTLE PLUMBING SKILL.

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My reliance 606 electric water heater keeps tripping the breaker. When it is reset the water gets real hot and trips again, then no hot water. Help!


You water heater most likely has a shorted heating coil, don't run it like this, call a service technician.

Nov 10, 2016 | Reliance Water Heaters

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Water temp to hot,,turned all way down,changed thermistates still the same,and pops the reset button


short in the wiring bypassing the thermostats
get an electrician in as the fault is serious enough to need it resetting

May 07, 2016 | Reliance 606 Series 40 Gallon Electric...

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My reliance 501 is leaking at both entry hoses ports and also is very hot to the touch near the electrical connection port on the top of the water heater.


Emergency steps:
Turn electric power off.
Release tank pressure by opening bathtub faucet on hot side.
Turn off water supply to heater.
You can turn water heater ON for short periods (1/2 hour) to make some hot water until repairs are made.

It sounds like runaway heating caused by shorted element, possibly caused by leaking water. But I cannot tell for certain what the problem is. Read following links and/or call plumber.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Over-amping:
Look at watt rating label on side of tank.
For example 4500 watt water heater requires 30 amp breaker and 10 gauge wire.
If you have 20 amp breaker and 12 gauge wire, then change elements to max 3800 watts. Tank will heat more slowly.

You have to fix leaks, and I cannot see that problem. Call plumber or repost question with clear description of leak.

Jul 31, 2012 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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No heat the water.


Suddenly no hot water: Red reset button tripped, circuit breaker tripped, bad upper element, bad thermostat, loose wire, TP valve is running hot water out of tank, leaking faucet is running hot water out of tank.

1) Check for leaks.
2) Check circuit breaker.
3) Open top cover on water heater and push in red reset button.
If reset is popped out and will not reset, replace thermostat:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
4) Test upper element:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
5) Loose wire
Do full troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

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Feb 01, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Water may stay hot for 5 minutes then gets cold. water heater often blows breaker or pop out switch.


I suggest taking 30 minutes and testing water heater parts.
Right away we know 2 things:
-Electricity to heater is good.
-Upper element is receiving power because you have some hot water. If upper element was burned out, you would have no hot water.

That leaves 5 suspects:
Upper thermostat.
Lower thermostat.
Loose or shorted wire.
Upper element shorted to ground near center of element.
Lower element shorted or damaged in some manner.

Buy $10 milti-meter from Home Center or hardware
When test calls for testing voltage, rotate multimeter dial to 240-250-277 VAC.
When test calls for testing elements or continuity, rotate multimeter dial to Ohms.
Take 30 minutes and go down page.
Test will identify problem(s) and show how to fix it yourself.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

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Jan 01, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Model 606. Water temp. extremley hot enough to burn, Both therm. set to lowest possible


your thrmostat has been short circuited, replace it immediately and plz dont use the heater before you replace the thermostat of u r machine....its dangerous!!
thx :)

Nov 27, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a reliance 606 electric water heater. This is my problem. The water gets unbearably hot then I have to reset the reset button on the water heater. I am thinking that I need to replace the heating...


you need to replace the thermostats. the elements are working, as your water is getting hot.

I would replace both upper and lower thermostats. be sure to set the temps the same for both.

the thermostats sit against the tank and read the tank temperature. if one is malfunctioning, they will over heat the water, causing you to get severe hot water.

also as a precaution, I would replace the temperature and pressure relief valve. if your water is getting that hot, and this has not "popped" then it is time to replace it.

Sep 06, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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50 gal. Reliance electric hot water w/bottom element problems


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.

Dec 01, 2009 | Reliance & 50gal Electric Water Heater

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