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

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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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We have a Reliance 501 Electric Water Heater. We get only very hot water in bathtub in one bathroom but not the other bathroom. Could the problem be the water heater?


No, the problem is not in the water heater. It could be the plumbing pipes were installed incorrectly.

A common problem with hot water is also found in the settings of anti-scald and pressure balance tub and/shower valves. You may only need to reset the temperature control on each faucet. Every faucet brand has a slightly different adjusting system. Hopefully you can find the faucet's brand name, and then visit their website to find the owner's instruction manual for your model.

A cross connection in the water piping system is rare, but it does happen from time to time. It would allow cold water to mix with the hot. You would need a plumber or leak detection company to locate every water pipe connection in and/or under your home to confirm and correct the issue.

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I have reliance 501 electric hot water heater, and currently have no hot water. Can't locate owners manual. What could be causing the problem.


There is an address near the end of this link to request manuals of reliance water heaters not listed. http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/om.html
it is quite possible that your heater works on the same principle as one of the other models and just differs in capacity or power rating.

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Need to empty reliance 501 hot water heater how?


1) Shut the breaker off to it at the panel. 2) Hook a hose up to it (the bottom has a drain). 3) Close the valve to the water heater (on the cold water supply). 4) Open drain on the bottom of water heater. 5) Open the relief valve to allow air into the tank (it won't drain otherwise - think if you put your finger on one end of a straw - the liquid stays in until you let go). Why are you draining it by the way?

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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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