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Hello, i need to know how to change the lower element in my rheem 40 gal. water heater

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Rheem uses a 4-bolt 4500 Watt element available at hardware store and some home centers:
To confirm wattage, see label on side of tank. Also note you label shows gallons, and show a serial number that has date of manufacture in fist 4 digits, for example 0605.. is June 2005.

The element is removed using a wrench. Remove 4 bolts. If bolts are stuck, then use WD40 and ratchet with extension. You can also drill out the bolt and re-tap holes with new thread. Don't drill through wall of tank which is about 1/4" thick.
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For generic step by step for replacing water heater element and cleaning out tank:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html
Link shows how to drain tank, check if electricity is off, and general sequence of steps.
Rheem element that you buy comes in package with specific step by step for replacing that element. Be sure to clean opening of any debris before installing new element.

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No power to lower element


Hello Joseph

Test elements.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
If elements test out, then replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

More resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html
Otherwise, if you have some hot water, then power to unit is good and probably at least 80% rated voltage, breaker is good, and upper element is at least functional and probably working perfectly, reset button is not tripping so tank is not overheating.

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Ow do i test heating element on rheem water heater


1) Copy following link for 3-step testing water heater elements.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

2) You need $10-15 multimeter from local hardware

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I have a Rheem model 71-308. It only has a lower access panel. How do I access the upper heating element?


If your heater only has one access panel, then it only has one element. These are mostly in the 30 gal. electric models.

Oct 30, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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I have a rheem glas standard 30 gallon model # 81sv-30d water heater with upper and lower watages 3500. how do i know what size heating element i need?


Look on label on side of tank.
Wattage of tank will be element wattage. This is true if tank has one or two elements since both elements are never ON at same time.
Simply go to hardware store and buy 3500W element.
Take phone photo to store if needed for identification.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html
Wattage appears on end of each element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Voltage-printed-on-element-.jpg

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Water is not hot, doesn't last long. Thermostats turn elements on when turned up. Elements show 230 when on.


Lower element can be burned out and still read 230V across screws

1) We know thermostats are working because elements test 230V.
2) We know upper element is working because tank has some hot water.
If upper element is burned out, tank will have no hot water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

3) Here's how to test lower element:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

4)Here's how to replace element
Rheem element is 4500Watt bolt-in type
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html

5) Rheem manual says: Heaters furnished with standard 240 volt AC, single phase non-simultaneous wiring, and 4500 watt upper and lower heating elements.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Rheem-spec-sheet.pdf

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Installed new rheem 40 gal elec water heater. model ge40m06aag. no hot y already checked breaker and am getting. 240v to the wh


did you turn the power on BEFORE you filled it with water???

this is a pretty common mistake. you will need to check the upper element to make sure its working.
most water heaters have an upper and lower themostat. the upper thermostat is the one we need to check.

use your volt meter...

turn the power off, test with your volt meter to make sure! remove one wire from the element, not the thermostat, and check resistance on the element. if no resistance, you burned the element, and will need to replace it.
replace with same wattage, usually 4500watts. it will be written on the element.
also, I like to push the reset button on the thermostat to make sure it wasn't tripped.

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Rheem Electric 40 gallon water heater not providing heat


The elements may be burnt out you can check them by an electrical light tester. There is a lower and an upper element. If the tester lights up element is good. I hope this helps, please rate if the answer was helpful. Have a great day. Jeff

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Not heating water hot enough or as much water.


You probably have a bad heating element. Probably the upper element.

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Low amount of hot water


You say a very new water heater. You won't get 40 gallons of hot water from a 40 gallon water heater because the continuing influx of cold water will cool your hot water down. However, it appears that your bottom water heater element needs replacing. If the top element is bad, you'll get no hot water. If your bottom element is bad, you'll get "some" hot water. Try replacing the bottom element. DON'T FORGET to turn off the electricity AND water first (closeby towels are also handy)!

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