Question about Rheem ME85-18 Commercial Water Heater
Warm water is an indicator of possiblity of the bottom element is the only one working. The best solution would be to replace them both due to the cost is not to exspensive and the other one will go out if you replace just one. One new element will work the older one harder and it may lats for a little while, but evenually it will be in need of replacement and sinec you are working on it. It would be easy to do them both .
Turn power and water off and connect water hose to bottom of tank to drain water heater. Open a faucet's hot side to break vaccum so it will drain down. Once drained remove the elements by disconnecting electrical wires and remove elements with a 1 1/2 " element wrench or socket.
Replace elements and connect electrical and turn water back on and leave the faucet open to get all air out of system and water flowing from hot side on all fixtures in your house before turning power back on to water heater.
Hope this is helpful with your water heater adventures. Thanks
Posted on Dec 30, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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