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I have a Rheem Model 62V-525 electric water heater that no longer works. An ohmmeter test (with one of the power lines disconnected from the element)shows resistance is infinite-meaning the element is no good. Is a reliance TR Screw in Flange Element acceptable for this old model(it may be the original water heater installed in 1984.

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Its 26 years old, dont bother and buy a new one

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Runs out of hot water fast


Test elements, and if elements are good, replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Rheem does not post service manuals.
If this is 3-phase balanced water heater, then information above is altered.
Otherwise parts are generic and testing steps are same

Mar 26, 2013 | Rheem ELD80 Commercial Electric Water...

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No hot water at all but power to all elements and to thermostats is there a dip tube in the rheem model 71-40D


Water heater can test for 120V power on elements and thermostats at all times.
That's because thermostats turn off one leg of 240Volt circuit, and not both legs.
You mentioned thermostats and elements, implying two elements and two thermostats, so your water heater is 240Volt.
240Volt breaker might be bad on one leg.
Open following links to troubleshoot
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Yes the water heater has a dip tube.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

Jul 10, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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Service proceedure on Rheem 16225088 .


You posted under typical Rheem tank-type electric water heater, but don't say what service you want to perform.
Listed below are typical actions one takes with electric water heater:

1) Flush tank each 6 months to prevent sediment.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html#flushelectric
2) Inspect and replace anode rod.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
3) Test electricity from breaker box to water heater
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html
4) Troubleshoot electric water heater
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html
5) Clean sediment out of water heater
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html
6) Save money
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html
7) Do it yourself information
http://waterheatertimer.org/Do-it-yourself-water-heater-timer.html

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Mar 06, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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Rheem 49 gal model 81V400B - hot water lasting only 5-10 minutes then takes an hour to heat back up.


Ordinary tank-type electric water heaters are fully repairable by homeowner.

A) Basic info on Rheem
Rheem electric water heater website:
http://www.rheem.com/products/tank_water_heaters/electric_water_heaters/
Find age of Rheem: look 2nd and 3rd digit of serial number, for example 06 is 2006

B) Water heater has some hot water.
That says certain things: upper element is working, water heater electricity is working, reset button is not tripped, and heater is not experiencing run-away overheating event.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

C) That leaves 4 suspects that cause lower amount of hot water.

1) TP valve is running hot water out of tank -or- leaking faucet is running hot water out of tank.
Check for leaks
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-TP-valve.html

2) Lower element is burned out.
Test lower element using inexpensive multi-meter from Home Depot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
Replace element with same wattage shown on label, and clean out sediment:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

2) Upper or lower thermostat is bad.
Replace both thermostats for about $25.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) Burned or shorted wire located between upper and lower sections of tank.
Turn off power. Open covers on side of tank. Remove insulation. Inspect parts for signs of high heat and burning. Especially check lower element. Tighten any loose wires. Replace part that shows signs of burning.
Put insulation and cover back over thermostats so cooler outside temperature doesn't cause thermostat to misread tank temperature.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Feb 03, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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We have a Rheem 50 gal water heater, model # 81MV52D B. Is there a way to test the heating elements to see if they are working properly?


1) You can test Rheem 4500 watt elements using steps on following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

2) Take 30 minutes and do complete troubleshoot
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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

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Jan 16, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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I have a Rheem Electric water heater Model#71-52DB. It has no power and not heating when it does have power.


You need to troubleshoot water heater and electric going to water heater.
Troubleshoot takes about 45 minutes.
Typical electric water heater tank is fully repairable by homeowner using generic parts from home center or hardware.
Links below walk you through the steps:

http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Buy $5 multimeter from Lowes or Home Depot or Ace:
Install battery in multimeter.
When testing voltage, rotate multimeter dial to 240 or 250 or 277 VAC.
When testing continuity or elements, rotate multimeter dial to ohms (upside down horseshoe symbol is ohms)
Image of Multimeter

Jan 12, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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I am only receiving half of the normal amount of hot water.


You have electric water heater.
Electric water heaters are fully repairable by homeowner, excluding hybrid type.

Rheem electric water heaters:
http://www.rheem.com/products/tank_water_heaters/electric_water_heaters/
Rheem fury series manuals and models
http://www.rheem.com/product.aspx?id=09DF2BDD-5E11-4D32-B574-84ACFB8A4619

Age of Rheem water heater is shown first 4 digits of serial number located on side of tank: for example 0705 means July 2005.
Serial number also shows model number & wattage of elements in case you need to buy new generic 4-bolt type 4500 Watt element from hardware store.

A) If your water heater receives very cold incoming water, it may not heat fast enough to keep tank warm.
Add a tempering tank.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Tempering-tank.html
Add insulation over entire water heater except TP valve. Insulate pipes completely.
Read more information:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

B) 40 or 50 gallon water heater is 240Volts and tank will have 2 access panels on front.
Rheem ships all water heaters with 4500 Watt elements.

Narrow down the suspects:
C) Water heater has some hot water.
This tells us upper element is working.
And that water heater electricity is working.
And that reset button is not tripped.
And that heater is not experiencing run-away overheating event.

That gives us 3 solid suspects.
1) lower element is burned out. Test lower element using inexpensive multi-meter from Home Depot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
Replace element with same wattage shown on label, and clean out sediment:
This will restore water heater to full 99% efficiency.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

2) Upper or lower thermostat is bad. Replace both thermostats for about $25.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
If you want to test thermostats and all parts before replacing anything:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

3) Burned or shorted wire. Turn off power. Open covers on side of tank. Remove insulation. Inspect parts for signs of high heat and burning. Especially lower element. Tighten any loose wires. Replace part that shows signs of burning.
Put insulation and cover back over thermostats so cooler outside temperature doesn't cause thermostat to misread tank temperature.

geno_3245_185.jpgRheem 4500 watt element

Dec 14, 2010 | Rheem Water Heaters

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The water want stay hot very long


You have electric water heater.
Electric water heaters are fully repairable by homeowner, excluding hybrid type.

Rheem electric water heaters:
http://www.rheem.com/products/tank_water_heaters/electric_water_heaters/
Rheem fury series manuals and models
http://www.rheem.com/product.aspx?id=09DF2BDD-5E11-4D32-B574-84ACFB8A4619

Age of Rheem
water heater is first 4 digits of serial number located on side of tank: for example 0705 means July 2005.
Serial number also shows model number & wattage of elements.

A) If your water heater receives very cold incoming water, it may not heat fast enough to keep tank warm.
Add a tempering tank.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Tempering-tank.html
Add insulation over entire water heater except TP valve. Insulate pipes completely.
Read more information:
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

B) If cold outside temperatures are not to blame, your water heater may have a bad thermostat or bad lower element.

C) 40 or 50 gallon water heater is 240Volts and tank will have 2 access panels on front.
Rheem ships all water heaters with 4500 Watt elements.

Narrow down the suspects:
D) Water heater has some hot water.
This tells us upper element is working.
And that water heater electricity is working.
And that reset button is not tripped.
And that heater is not experiencing run-away overheating event.

That gives us 3 solid suspects.
1) lower element is burned out. Test lower element using inexpensive multi-meter from Home Depot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
Replace element with same wattage shown on label, and clean out sediment:
This will restore water heater to full 99% efficiency.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

2) Upper or lower thermostat is bad. Replace both thermostats for about $25.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
If you want to test thermostats and all parts before replacing anything:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

3) Burned or shorted wire. Turn off power. Open covers on side of tank. Remove insulation. Inspect parts for signs of high heat and burning. Especially lower element. Tighten any loose wires. Replace part that shows signs of burning.
Put insulation and cover back over thermostats so cooler outside temperature doesn't cause thermostat to misread tank temperature.
geno_3245_183.jpgRheem element

Dec 14, 2010 | Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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My water is not heating in my Rheem 40 gallon electric. I pushed the reset button, but when I turn off the breaker and then on again, I do not hear the elements heating up.


Electric water heater can be repaired by homeowner
If I understand correctly, water heater is producing no hot water.
Reset button clicks in, but still no heat.

Three initial things can be causing this:
1) No power to water heater. Test across top two screws on upper thermostat for 240V. Red and black wire are attached to these screws. Screws are marked 1 and 3. Upper thermostat is same that has reset button. If power tests 120 across screws, then breaker may be off on one leg. If no power, then start testing at breaker.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

2) Upper thermostat is bad. Replace thermostat with generic upper thermostat available at hardware store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) Upper element is bad. Test and replace element using Rheem 4500 watt element available at hardware store. Image shown below. Look at label on side of tank for element wattage. Rheem puts 4500 watt elements into all their 240V electric water heaters.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

If upper element is burned out the tank will not heat any water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

Rheem 4500Watt element
geno_3245_98.jpg

Upper thermostats are generic and interchangeable:
geno_3245_99.jpg

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