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Not sure if I hooked up the wires correctly after installing a new element

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  • b0001744 Nov 12, 2010

    The wires I am refering to are the ones that connect to the element and the thermostat that is connected to the element frame. All wires are either red or red with a white strip on it.

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You wrote a general question ... here is a general answer. Dryers are generally 220 VAC, if you are North America. As such, you should have a black wire on one end and a red wire on the other end (of the element)(those wires may not have any particular color ... the principle applies). At the connection box where the cord enters ... You should have a black wire, a red wire, and neutral (white) which will make 115 VAC to run the light and timer and there should be a frame ground (green). There is a possibility that you don't have a frame ground in which case you would only have a neutral wire.

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  • A Miller Nov 12, 2010

    If the machine is an electric dryer and you are in North America (please do not confirm your location for security purposes) and it is 220 volts ... and this is a replacement element ... the red goes on one end and the red with a white trace goes on the other. If you are still unsure ...and you have a volt meter, you can disconnect one or both of the wires, plug in the machine and read the voltage across the pair (i.e. the red and the red with the white trace) It should be in the vicinity of 220 Volts AC. Remember, the thermostat is simply a switching device that turns the power on and off.

    If you are in another country with different voltages ... disregard.

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Hi,our Idesit IWB5113 has stopped heating the water,element,or something more tech?


replacing the heating element should take care of the problem. Make sure you unplug the unit before installing the new one. Also you may want to take a photo of the wiring so you will know where they hook to.

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How to replace the Thermostat and Element for Electric Hot Water Heater


If you are having a problem with your electric hot water heater then you may also wonder if you can replace the failed part. The short answer to this is yes! The replacement is easy enough that most any handy person can easily perform this task.

First off make sure that you remove all power to your electric hot water heater. Then remove the access covers that cover the thermostats and the heating elements. After performing the required diagnostic tests to find the fail part you can then concentrate on the part removal and replacement. Check the tips at the bottom of this one to see how to trouble shoot your hot water heater.

To replace the heating element you may have one of two styles of element. One style has a four bolt flange that holds the element in and the other has threads that hold it in.


Before removing an element make sure that you shut off the water and drain the tank to a level below that of the element that you need to replace. This will keep you from making a mess and possibly hurting your self with the hot water.

For the four bolt flange type element, you simply remove the two wires from the element and then turn out the bolts from the flange. Once the flange is off the element will just pull back and out of the hole.
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Replace with a new element and gasket. Make sure that the new gasket gets seated in the hole to seal the element when you tighten down the bolts on the flange again. The bolts do not need to be super tight. Just snug them up good and then fill the hot water heater with water to check for leaks and then tighten more if necessary.

For the screw in elements, a removal tool is a good idea.
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A large socket looks like it would work, but because of the thinness of the hex part of the element and the bevel on most large sockets, it is very difficult to get them to grip the element securely. Most hardware stores or home centers sell a very inexpensive removal tool that works very effectively. It is well worth the effort to get the proper tool to do the job. To remove the screw in element you need to turn the element to the left or counter clockwise. Then make sure that you do not cross thread the new element as you turn in clockwise or to the right and tighten it in. Once again, make sure the gasket is seated correctly and do not over tighten. Re-hook the wires after leak checking the tank and replace the cover before energizing the electric hot water heater.
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To replace either the top or bottom thermostat, you also need to de-energize the hot water heater and remove the cover. When removing a thermostat it is a very good idea to mark the wires and the position where they were on the old thermostat. This makes the re-installation of the new thermostat easier. The old thermostat is held tightly too the tank so that it gets a good reading on the tank temperature. Be careful not to bend the bracket that holds the thermostat when you remove the old one. If you do not have the new thermostat making good contact with the tank it will not operate correctly and give you too hot of water. After switching the old thermostat with the new one, replace all of the wires to their correct position, replace the plastic, and the cover before energizing the hot water heater. Both the top and bottom thermostats are similar in their replacement, but the top thermostat also incorporates a safety reset control and switches power to the bottom element when the top of the tank is hot enough, so there a re a few more wires to that thermostat. This also keeps the two thermostats from being interchangeable. You cannot install a bottom thermostat or the top or a top one on the bottom.

This whole process is not as complicated as it may seem and you can do it!

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c. Remove the bad surface element by removing only the bracket pair that the affected element is attached to. Leave the rest of the elements wired together. Write down the wire color codes so you can be sure the new element is installed correctly. HINT: A digital camera can save you some time.

d. When installing the new surface element, make sure you use the same alignment marks (the numbered positions around the perimeter) as the old element. Avoid touching the burner surface and handle with care. Try to handle from the underside of the element only.

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Same sears 66 gallon water heater keeps resetting button after replacing both upper and lower theremostats and elements


1) Live answer Jan 2013.
Read why ECO trips and scroll down and read ECO keeps tripping:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#ECO
Check that thermostats are sitting flat against tank.
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Test wires.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-wires.html
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