Question about Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC 82VH402
It's necessary to drain at least some of the water from the tank in order to keep the floor surrounding the water heater as dry as possible. If the top element is the bad, (non-functioning), one, you'll need to drain off enough water to allow the removal of that element at least. That would be approx. 10 gal.'s. To drain water you must first turn off the feed line valve to the water heater, then attach a good hose to the drain spigot near the bottom of the unit. In order for gravity to help drain this tank, you must find a position for the hose so that the opposite end from the one attached can lay in a spot that's lower than the tank itself. Then open the drain spigot and the brass overflow valve. This allows air to gain entrance into the tank, which helps push the water out. If the lower element is the culprit then you must drain nearly, if not, all of the water from the tank. You'll need an element socket, which you can buy from the home center, or hardware store where you buy your elements. Actually, if you're going to do one, you may as well do both. It doesn't take that much more effort and then you're covered for another while. It's also wise to take at least the top part of one of the old elements with you when you go to get the new ones, to make sure they're a good match.
Posted on Jan 05, 2012
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