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At the bottem on the water heater might have to remove the little panel

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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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Rheem 83xr52-2 50 gal residential water heater. Water temp was low. I cut power at electric panel, removed upper panel on water heater, turned up thermostat, replaced panel and switched power back on at...


You can open the top up again. I would not turn the temp higher than 130 degrees, maximum. However, there should be above the thermostat a red button. This is where the power wires connect to the thermostats and heating elements. Sometimes this button needs to be reset, press it and discern if you hear a click sound. This means that the high temperature safety switch has tripped open and you had to manually "reset" it. There are two thermostats by the way. The water heater usually works this way. There are two thermostats and two heaters. The upper tank heater turns on first and it heats the top half of the tank. Then when the thermostat above is satisfied it then allows the bottom heater to come on and heat the bottom half of the tank. You might want to set the bottom heater thermostat as well. This is made this way because it is actually faster and more efficient to heat the top half first and the bottom half secondly. Try this first with the reset button. We could check voltages, but that requires a level of knowledge and safety that I am not sure that you are comfortable with. Pictures of the upper and lower thermostats and connections will help if the "reset" does not do the trick. By the way, not meaning or implying anything, but did you move the thermostat in the right direction? Sometimes the dials can be confusing.

Nov 28, 2010 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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No hot water


Electric water heater can be repaired by homeowner.

Four things can cause NO hot water:
1) ECO red reset button tripped. Remove top cover on water heater, push red reset button on thermostat. Put insulation and cover back over thermostat.
2) Circuit breaker is tripped, circuit breaker bad, or wire loose in breaker box. Turn breaker on-off and listen for crackling or fizzing sound, and burned smell. Test breaker for 220Volts. Test top two screws on upper thermostat to see if water heater has electricity.
3) Bad upper thermostat. Replace upper thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
4) Bad upper element. Test upper element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

Nov 22, 2010 | Reliance WATER HEATER CO #9-40-DKRT 40GAL...

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How to change a thermostat on reliance 606 hot water heater. water is getting too hot and there is no sediment build up. also water heater is only 4.5 years old.


I wrote a page for changing water heater thermostat.
The photos take you through step-by-step
I recommend replacing both upper and lower thermostats so it eliminates thermostats as possible cause if water heater keeps overheating.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

The Reliance 606 manual shows your water heater uses generic upper and lower thermostats from hardware store.
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/om/manuals/185761-000.pdf

Likely the thermostat will solve the problem:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Nov 09, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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