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Can't find a dealer that can tell me what element to get for a reliance 236 volt model6522ors serial k9946367o 50 gal. tank? mjhove@centurytel.net

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See if you can get a part # off of the old element, and then follow this link:

http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/parts/electric.html

Hope this helps,
Mike.

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Should I have power at both elements all the time?


Push circuit breaker fully off and then fully ON
Test for 240 volt across top twp screws on upper thermostat.
If tank was not full of water when breaker was turned on, then upper element burned out.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#new

Yes both elements will test for 120 volt to ground at all times... but it takes 240 volt to heat element
http://waterheatertimer.org/Element-tests-for-120-Volts.html

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Mar 14, 2015 | Reliance 50 Gal. Electric Water Heater...

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Reliant 40 gallon tall electric water heater replaced both thermostats upper and lower elements flushed tank hot water very hot temp turned down lowest possible keeps tripping reset button what else could...


Problem has to be bad element or bad thermostat.

Test elements for short to ground through metal tank wall:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

Make sure factory-installed insulation and cover are re-installed over new thermostats so they do not misread tank temperature.
If problem does not show with elements, then replace thermostats again.

Oct 06, 2012 | Reliance & 40 Gal Electric Mobile Home...

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Reliance 501 Hot Water Heating element for 30 gal tank, where to purchase


You do not need special parts.
Wattage is printed on end of each element.
Buy generic elements at hardware store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

Apr 21, 2012 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a 40 gal electric water heater, but have insufficient hot water. The cold water intake pipe on top of the heater is very hot but when I turn on a hot water tap, it gets cold quickly. replaced dip...


You will need an amp meter. I suspect that the lower heating element is out or the thermostat.

Most water heater have a upper and lower element. The bottom is the main work horse.

Take the lower access door off and you can get to the wires to use a clamp on Amp meter. You should get a reading of 10 + amp if it is working. You can check the thermostat with the volt meter also to make sure you are getting voltage to the element . You should have 220 volts across the two wire attached to the element. The elements are not to hard to change. You will need to shut the power Off and the Cold Water off. Drain the tank to get below the bottom element and you will need to get a special wrench to unscrew the old element out of the tank. Hope this Helps

Jan 02, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I HAVE A RELIANCE 630 DORT( 40 GALLON) THAT IS ONLY GIVING ABOUT ONE MINUTE OF HOT WATER AND AN ELECTRICIAN THAT JUST WANTS TO CHANGE PARTS. HOW COULD I TEST THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS BEFORE I JUST START...


Reliance is AO Smith company
http://www.aosmith.com/OperatingUnits/Detail.aspx?id=138&ekmensel=c580fa7b_12_0_138_3

Age of water heater is on serial number located on label on side of tank. First digit is letter, next two digits are the year. So C04 is 2004. Label also shows wattage of elements inside tank.

606 water heater at Reliance
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/prod/e-606.html

PDF spec sheet below shows your tank takes 4500 watt element.
I buy ordinary screw-in type 4500 watt elements for $20 at Lowes, I can't remember price exactly because they're inexpensive.
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/spec/electric/R606E0510.pdf

Typical 606 manual:
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/om/manuals/185761-000.pdf
Shows element and cleaning/replacement page 20.
We know your lower element is burned out because plumber checked and said problem is element.
We know upper element is working because you have some hot water.
If upper element is bad, then tank has no hot water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

Photo from manual shows typical element that I buy at Lowes or hardware store:
Manual does not mention special element required.
Your element burned out probably because sediment is built up inside tank, and not because stock elements are inferior.
Is your electrician/plumber also going to clean sediment out of tank?
Changing element and cleaning sediment will restore full efficiency to your tank.
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Here are step-by-step images that show do-it-yourself, so you can see if this is correct project for you:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html
Page shows how to drain tank, replace element, and has links to troubleshooting if you want to test parts and learn more about your water heater.
Also see:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Dec 08, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a Reliance 501 water heater, when I take a shower now I only get about 5 min. of hot water is there something on the heater I have to reset? Thnx Mike


Electric water heater is fully repairable by homeowner.
Following information will tell you how.

1) Background on your heater:
Reliance is AO Smith company.
http://www.aosmith.com/OperatingUnits/Detail.aspx?id=138&ekmensel=c580fa7b_12_0_138_3

Age of water heater is shown in serial number. First character is letter. Second 2 characters are numbers, which are year of manufacture. For example 05 is year 2005.

The 501 manual is not shown on Reliance website:
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/prod/elec.html

2) Two things known for sure:
- electricity is OK
- upper element is working because there is some hot water.

3) Three things can cause problem you describe:
- Loose wire located from upper thermostat to lower element and thermostat.
- Upper or lower thermostat is bad
- Lower element is burned out

4) How to troubleshoot and repair
- Turn off power, open covers and look for loose and burned wiring, especially on lower element.
- When finished, put back insulation and covers so thermostat not exposed to cooler temperatures.
- Burned wire on lower element is evidence that lower element is burned out.

- If you do not want to follow testing steps below, next step is to replace both upper and lower thermostat for about 25$ and see if problem persists.
- If problem persists, replace lower element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

5) Test lower element, before replacing anything
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

6) Troubleshoot electric water heater
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

7) How to replace lower element and clean sediment out of tank:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html

Nov 17, 2010 | Reliance Water Heater #6-50-DJRT 50GAL...

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Rheem RHEEM 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 1.5 yrs old, power at the elements, new elements installed new thermostat installed, still no hot water.


Hello Check the red overtemp reset button at the temp control.Check for contintuity at the elements with a volt meter (pull one wire off first) they should have a reading otherwise they are open & shot.Last is overdrawing (busted pipe) shut off the cold water supply for a 1/2 hour and open it back up and feel the hot water supply pipe.Is it hot?The tank can't keep up with the demand.

Sep 16, 2010 | Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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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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