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I bought a new water heater.Did not know that I was suppost to let it fill up before turning on braker.So end up burning up my heating elements.Now my question is does it matter which wire goes what screw on heating element.

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Just bought my house and the water heater will not turn on is there a common problem with these that I can fix my self


Did they turn the power off to the heater before you bought the house?
Check there first. I used to shut the power off to ours when going on vacation. Check curcuit breaker if its hydro and if its gas make sure the the gas is turned on and pilot is lit.

Mar 28, 2015 | Water Water Heaters

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I would like to know how to turn on (run) 110 V for the water heater on a Conquest/Gulf Stream Travel Trailer?


Must be filled with water or elements burn out
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#new

http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

If water heater is plugged in and outlet has power... then water should be hot.
If no water inside tank, and tank is plugged in, and outlet has power, then element is burned out.

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Sep 11, 2014 | Water Heaters

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No hot water at all. Have tried resetting, but still nothing. Is it the heating element what needs to be replaced?


Get a multimeter and check power first. If you have power going into the water heater, proceded to replaced the heating element. The replacement can only be done by empting the tank and turning the brakers off. Good Luck!

Jan 13, 2014 | Bosch Ariston GL4 GL4 Point-of-Use...

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BRADFORD WHITE 40 GALLON ELECTRIC WATER HEATER MODEL M240S6DS-1NCWW.. PROBLEM : I WAS ONLY GETTING A FEW GALLONS OF HOT WATER FROM HEATER. FIGURED ONLY TOP ELEMENT WAS HEATING SO BOUGHT TUNE UP KIT AT


Doesn't sound like its the dip tube, its a element problem, I would contact bw directly to see if heater is stil in warranty and they will send you new parts free.

Dec 18, 2012 | Bradford White M240s6ds-1ncww 40 Gallon...

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We have a Richmond 50 gal Rheem model 8MV50-2 that blew out the bottom element. We changed both elements and refilled the tank but the water heater won't heat. Do we need a new tank?


Electric water heater is fully repairable unless it is rusted out.
All 2-element tanks are 240Volts.

If you have NO hot water, then suspects are 240Volt circuit supplying only 120V, reset button is tripped out on upper thermostat, bad upper thermostat, bad upper element.
If elements were not completely covered with water when power was turned on, then elements will instantly burn out.
When filling water heater tanks, open bathtub spout. Wait for water to come out full stream. Then open TP valve on water heater for a moment to remove last of air. Then turn on electricity.

Open following link for complete troubleshoot walk-thru.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

Aug 20, 2011 | Water Heaters

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How do I change the heating element on my 50 gallon electric Reliance 501 hot water heater? Where can I get the heating elements?


Buy elements at local hardware store or home center, like Lowes
Look at label on side of tank.
Label shows element wattage.
Element is also printed on end of element in tiny letters-numbers.
Typical elements are 4500 and 5500 watts.
Tank needs 10 gauge wire and 30 amp breaker for 5500 watt element.

Water heaters are fully repairable by homeowner.

1) Have you tested water heater to see if element is problem? You need cheap multi-meter from Home Depot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

2) To change element
a) turn off power
b) drain water from drain valve ... once it starts draining, loosen element slightly while tank still has weight to hold against you turning element wrench.
Here's what to do if water heater won't drain:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html
c) open covers on tank, remove element using element-wrench from hardware store or home center.
If element won't come out:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-remove-old-water-heater-element.html
d) Clean out tank if needed.
e) Replace element.
f) Fill tank entirely with water before turning on power or element will burn out.
g) Once tank is filled, and water flows steady out of tub spout, turn on power.
Each steps above is shown on following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html

3) You need to buy some things:
Screw-in type (not bolt-in type) Element that matches wattage on tank label. New Element comes with washer.
Inexpensive Element wrench.
Inexpensive multimeter if you are going to test parts first.
Some pieces of pipe and hose if tank sediment needs to be cleaned out.
Washing machine hose if tank will not drain (return after job is done).

4) Also:
You need flat tip and phillips screwdriver.
Lighting to work on tank
Some WD-40 if element is stuck in place.
Garden hose to drain tank.
Shop vac and duct tape if you need to vacuum out sediment.
Tarp to protect floor and carpet
Maybe a knife to cut back insulation on wire if wire is burned at element.

Web links above go through entire process step by step.
Add a comment if you need more help, I'll be back around 5 CST

Nov 30, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I just installed a water heater about 11:00 am today but still do not have hot water what could it be


1) Many times people turn ON the electricity before the tank is filled with water.
This instantly burns out any element that is not submerged in water.
If the upper element is burned out, the lower element may be good, but the way the thermostats work, the upper element must heat top of tank before power is sent to lower element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

2) My new electric water heater had same problem, and the red reset button, or ECO, was tripped on upper thermostat.
Open cover and check reset.
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3) I will be here for the next several hours, add a comment and I will help further

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

Nov 05, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a Rheem 81v52dt 50 Gal Elec heater. I can not get enough hot water to fill a tub.I have turned both thermostats all the way up. I have checked both elements with an ohm meter. I got a 220 reading on...


There should be a flip flop circuit in your heater that switches between the two heaters. I don't think they both heat at the same time. Check the rating on the indivitual heat element then compare that with the data printed on the heater RE: maximum WATT rating.

Now then, what did you miss - I'm thinking you missed the ohm reading. You measured 220 Volts but you did not check to see if the element is burned out or not. Move your meter to OHM and take a measurement with the power turned off. If the reading is "open" the element is buned out. If you get some reading beside 'open' the element is probably able to carry current.

Have you drained the sediment from your heater recently?

All the way up is a dangerous setting by the way. I suspect you know this.

Thanks for your interest in FixYa.com

Feb 19, 2010 | Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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We just bought a new water heater and it's not heating up water.


The heating element was bad. It's hard to believe that a brand new water heater would have a burn element, but that's the problem. I replace the heating element and its started working properly.

Dec 01, 2009 | Whirlpool Water Heaters

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