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Kenmore Power Miser 5, 40 Gal. Electric Water Heater leaks at the seal of the lower heating element. papionc@hotmail.com

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  • Christopher Papion Jun 03, 2010

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  • Christopher Papion Jun 05, 2010

    Sir, having difficulty removing the heating element, however, the pin hole leak appears to be coming from behind the rubber boot - not from the threaded seal where the element is screwed in. Once I remove the heating element will the gasket seat where the leak is, or not?



    Any suggestions for loosening the heat element? I'm reluctant to try the clockwise turn with the element wrench. I tried tapping the wrench handle with my hammer, no give and not enough bite on the element wrench, it keeps slipping unless held absolutely perpendicular over the short hexagonal head. Chris

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You can easily replace the seal and I would advice you just replace the element with a new one if they water heater is over 5 years old. Purchase a seal from Sears or new element, or any other appliance dealer. Purchase Pipe Dope and an element wrench at a plumbing supply store. Warning: Turn off the power to the water heater before you do anything. Turn of water supply to the water heater. Drain all water from the heater using drain at bottom which you can hook a water hose to. Open the hot water heater relief valve to speed the draining. Put on gloves as the area around the element is sharp and you can get a bad cut. Remove the cover from element attached with 2 screws. Push the fiberglass or cardboard out of the way. Remove wires from element and write down how they are connected. Remove the element by turning counterclockwise. If you have a hard time removing it try turning clockwise a little. If it still will not turn you may need to purchase that element wrench at a plumbing supply store if you failed to do so. Sometime you can use a pipe wrench. Remove the element, clean the area, and replace the gasket and the element. Put pipe dope on the element threads before reinstalling. Remove all the aerators at all the faucets to prevent debris from clogging them when you turn the water back on. Shut the safety valve. Turn the water back on and turn on one hot water faucet farthest away from the water heater to allow the trapped air to escape. Once you know the water heater is full, shut off the faucet and turn the power back on. Replace all the faucet aerators. This will solve your leak problem.

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  • NOT ME Jun 05, 2010

    Try using a pipe wrench if you can get it into place so you can have more leverage. Otherwise you will have the use the element wrench. You may have to heat it slightly with a propane torch. Sometimes that can be very stubborn especially on an older unit. Just be very careful with the torch. The new seal will stop the leak if a bad seal was causing the leak. Sorry but, if you have a hole in the tank itself then you will have to buy a new water heater as it is not repairable.

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Rheemglas standard energy miser electric water heater model #81vr-80 gal serial #RH0501c00664. Does it have two heating elements and where are they?


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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

More resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html
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A) Rheem electric water heater website:
http://www.rheem.com/products/tank_water_heaters/electric_water_heaters/
Find age of Rheem: look 3rd and 4th digit of serial number, for example 06 is 2006

B) Water heater has some hot water.
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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

C) That leaves 4 suspects.

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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:
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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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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.
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http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-TP-valve.html

2) Lower element is burned out.
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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.
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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

Add a comment for more free help.
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