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What is the expected useful life of a Reliance 40 gallon electric water heater? Is there a maintenance step that can be taken to ensure that there is no build-up of contaminants on the elements?

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  • Tom W Sep 06, 2010

    Electric elements will eventually fail, they can be replaced fairly easily. To minimize buildup you should drain some water from your heater at least once per year. The life will depend on the usage.

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The average life expectancy of any water heater relates directly to its warranty. 1 year- 1year, 6 years-6 years. If you use the water heater past its warranty, you are really making money on the purchase.

Installing a new anode rod is about the only maintenance step you can take. However, this does not guaranty that you will not accumulate build up.

Draining the water heater once a year helps a little bit with buildup in the bottom of the tank but not the elements.

The ultimate solution is to install a water treatment system, not just a water softener. They are somewhat expensive, but well worth the cost in the long run-10 to 15 years.

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Hot water tank wont heat water, how do you relight or resat, its a reliance self cleaning 808


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WHERE IS THE ANODE ROD ON A 606 RELIANCE HEATER


It is the 1" or 11/8" hex nut on the top of the water heater some where near the supply line. As for the anode rod it could be either magnesium or aluminum depending where it was sold. If you are going to change it out call your water provider and ask which would be better for your area and type of water.

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I don't have a problem, just a question.....we are in the process of buying ahome and the hot water heater is a Reliance 501, 50 gallon tank....with serial number G94278175...I would like to know the...


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So it was manufactued in 1994. Most water heaters will last 5-10 years for gas and 10-15 for electric unless they receive yearly maintenance (flushing tank, cleaning) so it is already past its expected life span.

That being said, an electric water heater is more costly than a gas one. If I was in your place I would start saving to replace the unit with a tankless gas water heater, as soon as the house closed.

Jun 09, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I can not light the pilot on my reliance sta-kleen 502 (30 gallon) waterheater. please help


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Replace thermocouple is best start point.
Example Whirlpool manual shows general replacement steps on page 22:
Buy thermocouple at hardware or home center. measure length before going to store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Whirlpool-6510397.pdf

Utube videos show how to replace thermocouple

Many things can affect pilot:
Low gas pressure, Water or air or debris in the gas control valve, High-heat event causing ECO to trip requiring new gas control valve, burner and tubes needing clean-out, FV sensor tripped, loose or bad thermocouple.
Manual above shows general steps for doing some of these things, but service technician is probably best choice if thermocouple does not fix problem.

Gas water heaters require periodic maintenance.
If repairs cost more than $330, then buy new gas water heater and install yourself.
Use the old one for a solar collector.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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May 22, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have the 40 gallon tank, all of a sudden yesterday, the breaker on the wall started tripping..any ideas?


1) Here's step-by step for checking electric water heater circuit:
Testing assumes water heater is fully functional (although your water heater might have a short).
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

2) Once circuit breaker and line are eliminated, take 30 minutes and test internal parts of water heater as shown on following link.
Ordinary tank-type water heater is fully repairable by homeowner using off-the-shelf generic parts from hardware store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

3) Testing requires cheap multimeter from home center.
When testing continuity or elements, rotate multimeter dial to ohms.
When testing voltage, rotate dial to 240-250-277 VAC

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Jan 12, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a 40 gallon electric reliance water heater model no. 8 40 2ARS8 - serial no. M94566434 that I need dimensions for so that we can replace it with a new model. Thank you.


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Reliance is an AO Smith company

http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/prod/elec.html
Link above goes to Reliance electric water heaters
I cannot find your model number
The serial number seems to show it was made in 1994, so the spec sheet would be difficult to find
You must have bought a good heater and taken care of it for it to last that long.

http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/spec/electric/R606E0510.pdf

Typical 40 gallon Reliance electric:
18" x 59-1/2"
20-1/2" x 44"

http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/spec/electric/R909E0510.pdf
Self-cleaning type Reliance 40 gallon
19" x 60"
21-1/2" x 46"

The size of your heater can be determined by measuring the height, and then measure across the top to get the diameter. Your measurements will be close to the numbers shown above.

Oct 29, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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My Reliance 606 40 gallon water heater only heats up enough hot water to fill a bathtub. We've drained it, the pilot light is fine, it heats up the water really hot, but it just doesn't seem to be able to...


How big is your bathtub? Is your water heater set on the hottest setting? What is the temperature of the hot water at the tap?

Keep in mind that hot water can cause severe burns. Children and those with diminished mental capacity can be seriously harmed by hot water.

The "40 Gallon" rating on the water heater is usually the amount of hot water the unit can produce in one hour. So the tank, and the amount of immediately available hot water, might be smaller than 40 gallons.

My bathtub is 2 feet wide by 1 foot deep and 4 feet long. This is 8 cubic feet or almost 60 gallons. So a 40 gallons of water at 120 degrees, mixed with 20 gallons of cold water (60 degrees), fills the tub with 100 degree water. My January cold water is 42 degrees, so it will take 40 gallons at 129 degrees to fill the tub. If the tub is cold to start it will take even hotter water.

So the water heater might be just fine.

Possible solutions:
1. turn the temperature up on your water heater- or the temperature control could be malfunctioning and not getting the water hot enough.
2. insulate your hot water pipes so that the water loses less heat on the way to the tub.
3. bigger water heater.
4. smaller bathtub, or less full bathtub.


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