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I have a reliance model 501 electric water heater thats 8 yrs old who's responsible if it blows out the thermostat and floods the bldg I'am on the third floor codo

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The person who owns the water heater is usually the responsible party. If it is in warranty, I have heard lately that serveral of the insurance companies have sued the manufacter and won but this is rare at this time. If unit is working I would put some type of preventive measure to stop if from drowning the people below and ruing your condo too.
Water Cop'
Brust Buster
Watts water stop
this is just to name a few to protect yourself and other under you.

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I have a Reliance 501 HWH, 15 yrs old. Nary a problem until now. Yesterday, HW was very hot. Today, no HW. I'm thinking of replacing both elements and thermostats due to the age. Sound reasonable?


At fifteen years of age it would be less cost over time and labor to replace the whole tank. How efficient is your old one and being it runs hot all the time you could have a tank that will not last very long anyway. Mine sprung a leak at 18 years and made a big mess.

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Reliance 501 Hot Water Heating element for 30 gal tank, where to purchase


You do not need special parts.
Wattage is printed on end of each element.
Buy generic elements at hardware store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

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Reliance 501 water heater and I cant find a way to turn it DOWN ..the water is scalding


Replace both thermostats and test both elements.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.htmlhttp://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
Power is off while doing these repairs.
If water is hot, then you know that electric line and circuit breaker are working correctly.

Apr 21, 2012 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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The water heater (Reliance Elec 501) does not turn on, This happened on the same day that our whole apartment lost power due to tripped main switch.n I reset main but water heater does not respond,...


Two-element water heater is 240Volts.
No hot water means: ECO reset button tripped, upper element bad, upper thermostat bad, or 240Volts is not reaching water heater.
Circuit breaker can be delivering power on one leg of the 240V circuit, so water heater appears to have electricity but is only receiving 120V.
Test for 240volts across top two screws on upper thermostat.
Look for loose wires and burned connections.
Push in reset button real hard.
Replace both upper and lower thermostats.
Remove wires and test upper element for continuity.

Open following links for do-it-yourself troubleshoot walk-thru:
http://waterheatertimer.org/B220C.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

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I have a Reliance 501 water heater, when I take a shower now I only get about 5 min. of hot water is there something on the heater I have to reset? Thnx Mike


Electric water heater is fully repairable by homeowner.
Following information will tell you how.

1) Background on your heater:
Reliance is AO Smith company.
http://www.aosmith.com/OperatingUnits/Detail.aspx?id=138&ekmensel=c580fa7b_12_0_138_3

Age of water heater is shown in serial number. First character is letter. Second 2 characters are numbers, which are year of manufacture. For example 05 is year 2005.

The 501 manual is not shown on Reliance website:
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/prod/elec.html

2) Two things known for sure:
- electricity is OK
- upper element is working because there is some hot water.

3) Three things can cause problem you describe:
- Loose wire located from upper thermostat to lower element and thermostat.
- Upper or lower thermostat is bad
- Lower element is burned out

4) How to troubleshoot and repair
- Turn off power, open covers and look for loose and burned wiring, especially on lower element.
- When finished, put back insulation and covers so thermostat not exposed to cooler temperatures.
- Burned wire on lower element is evidence that lower element is burned out.

- If you do not want to follow testing steps below, next step is to replace both upper and lower thermostat for about 25$ and see if problem persists.
- If problem persists, replace lower element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

5) Test lower element, before replacing anything
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

6) Troubleshoot electric water heater
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

7) How to replace lower element and clean sediment out of tank:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html

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Where do I find the hot water control on a reliance 501 electric water heater?


You will find thermostat and limit switchs behind removable cover plates on front of heater. Remove four screws to remove covers. You will need to slightly part insulation inside to se thermostat. They are adjustable using ablade scredriver,Usually from 90-140 degrees. Temperature setting is set by turning screw which moves arrow pointer to desired setting. Be careful of touching any of the power wires. Hope this helps. Thanks

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I have a reliance 501 electric hot water heater and i cant find the reset button. Where is it located?


it is located on the thermostat. Take the cover off the side and you will see a little red button in the side of the themostat.

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