Hot water tank - the hot water shuts off even though there is power to the device
The circuit breaker keeps getting thrown yes? Alright then, you may have a bad element inside the water tank. If you don't know what a circuit breaker is then please call a plumber and do not go near the water heater as it may be a danger to your well being. However, if you do know, then go out there and throw the breaker to the water heater. If you are not sure about this or can not test the voltage at the water heater then do not proceed. However if you are sure, then take off the little covers from the side of the tank and look at the insulation as it may appear moist or wet. There is a heating element inside the tank which can break off, cause electrical shortout and allow water to leak out into the insulation. How to Fix: Shut off the cold water supply at the top of the water heater, then go to the nearest sink and turn on the hot water. There should be no water pressure if you shut the supply valve going into the tank. Now then, leave the hot water turned on at the sink as this will provide a vent for draining the water from your water heater. At the water heater there is a small valve at the bottom which when opened will drain the entire volume of the tank. I suggest that you find and connect a hose to this valve prior to opening it so that the escaping water goes outside rather than on your floor or you could just call servpro and let er rip. Either way, while the tank is draining look on the side of the water heater and find out if it is 240vac or 120vac and write this down. Now look to find the wattage of your heating elements. It might be 1500 watts, 4500 watts or 5500 watts, write down the wattage indicated for the heating element you are about to replace. Write down the brand and the model number along with the voltage and element wattage and go to your local hardware store. Ask one of the older guys (not the kid in electronics) if they would help you select the proper heating element for your make/model and also ask if you need an element wrench to install the heating element which you are purchasing. If the answer is yes, then get that to as you will be needing one very soon. Back home your tank should have drained completely. Now on the face of the old element will be two wires; remove them. Take your nifty little element wrench that you just bought and remove the old element. You will probably be amazed to find that the old element is like, in two pieces, and that's because the rest of it has fallen off inside the tank. If you can retrieve the part left in the tank then do so however it will not be a problem if you can not. Disregard the white hard water build up inside of the tank unless you have the time and capacity to dig all of it out through that little hole. Although, you may need to wallow it out a tad so that the new heating element can fit inside. The new one will replace just as the old one was removed and do not over tighten (it just needs to be snug not twisted off). Replace the two wires; either way don't matter. Then shut the drain valve and open up the water supply on top. Your hot water tap in the nearest sink should still be turned on and now you should hear the air escaping from inside the water heater tank as it is being filled with acid. No just kidding, it is filling with cold water. When the tank is full, water will run from the tap and only then may you shut off the tap. Now with the tank full and the new heating element wired up to the thermostat you can throw the circuit breaker back on. Congrats. Within in 30 mins you will either have very hot water or you will hear an explosion louder than anything you have ever heard in your life. As long as you followed the filling the tank till the water runs out your faucet bit, you should be good to go; go take a bath that is.
Aug 10, 2009 |
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