Question about Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC 82V522
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Ordinary tank-type electric water heaters are fully repairable by homeowner.
You have a new heater that works fine most of the time, but reset button trips.
That says tank is getting correct electricity.
It says that elements are good.
And you don't have sediment problem with new tank.
If you do not want to test parts, then replace upper and lower thermostats for $28.
The reason I suspect defective thermostat is that tank has 4 parts: 2 elements and 2 thermostats, and you have plenty of hot water so elements are probably good.
The reason I replace both thermostats is to avoid uncertainty.
Tighten screws very tight against copper wire.
Be sure to put back insulation and covers on water heater so thermostats not exposed to cool air which can lead to overheated water.
Then send bill for $28, plus labor and aggravation to Rheem
Your plumber should have done this for you as part of warranty, but sometimes self-sufficiency is valuable.
If you want to test water heater parts before replacing anything, then buy multimeter and take 30 minutes to become electric water heater expert:
Buy cheap multimeter at home center.
When testing continuity or testing elements, rotate multimeter dial to Ohms.
When testing for voltage,, rotate multimeter dial to 240-250-277 VAC
You can also double check anything fixya or plumber tells you by posting question on professional water heater forum like the Tank:
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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