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Can you tell me how old a Reliance Sta-Kleen 820-PV Water heater is?

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Find serial number on side of tank.
I think 2nd 2 digits are year of manufacture.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/WaterHeaterSerialNumberDecoder.pdf

http://waterheatertimer.org/Figure-Volts-Amps-Watts-for-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/9-ways-to-save-with-water-heater.html

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My water heater pilot light won't stay lit


I would try cleaning the thermo couple surfaces with some steel wool... Both where the flame contacts the sensor, and the electrical contacts. Even a small increase in voltage may be enough to hold the pilot valve open. Both black, and white soot on the sensor end, can act as an temperature insulator, lowering the output voltage.
As for finding the part numbers for replacement: http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/media/48391/242117_RPPCR01111-Reliance-Parts-Catalog.pdf

Feb 17, 2016 | Water Water Heaters

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Relief valve leaking on sta kleen 502


1) Copy following link for TP valve troubleshoot steps:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-TP-valve.html

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Dec 31, 2012 | Water Heaters

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We have a reliance sta kleen 805 lp water heater that we installed used and it will not let us go through the start up procedure. i assume its in some kind of lock out mode, it does not respond to hot...


Used, Reliance 805 is power vent gas
10 year old water heater that is newly installed.
Unknown gas control valve.
I'm not a fan of installing old power vent water heaters.
Usually these things are so expensive that old one is only replaced when it fails.

120Volt Outlet must have correct polarity and unit must be grounded between ground prong on cord to manifold tube connected to bottom of gas control valve. Test for continuity with multimeter.

Is this an early FV model with air intake located on bottom?
If air intake is clogged with dust, then combustion chamber overheated and tripped FV system. The older heaters need replacement parts and new gas control valve, or entire heater must be replaced.

Replace gas control valve.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/How-to-replace-water-heater-gas-valve.pdf

Copy following link for gas control troubleshoot by type of gas control.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html#intellivent

Post question on Tank forum with more information about type of air intake and gas control valve and history of water heater
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/

Oct 25, 2012 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Replace thermocouple gas water heater


Thank you for the brand. Approx how old is water heater? 2nd and 3rd digit of serial number are year of manufacture.
For general instructions:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermocouple.html

Reliance is AO Smith, and air intake is located on bottom of tank.
Inspect and Clean intake.
Do NOT underestimate need to keep air intake clean because the arrestor screen is fine mesh and once clogged will cause heater to fail. Older models might need full replacement and at least parts.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Flame-trap-inspection-325.jpg

Product manual?
These gas water heaters are changing quickly today. The Reliance site shows the 909 but not 805
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/om.html
The older designs are different, but instructions shown above will help.

Sep 22, 2012 | Reliance Water Heaters

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I can not light the pilot on my reliance sta-kleen 502 (30 gallon) waterheater. please help


Reliance is Rheem
Replace thermocouple is best start point.
Example Whirlpool manual shows general replacement steps on page 22:
Buy thermocouple at hardware or home center. measure length before going to store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Whirlpool-6510397.pdf

Utube videos show how to replace thermocouple

Many things can affect pilot:
Low gas pressure, Water or air or debris in the gas control valve, High-heat event causing ECO to trip requiring new gas control valve, burner and tubes needing clean-out, FV sensor tripped, loose or bad thermocouple.
Manual above shows general steps for doing some of these things, but service technician is probably best choice if thermocouple does not fix problem.

Gas water heaters require periodic maintenance.
If repairs cost more than $330, then buy new gas water heater and install yourself.
Use the old one for a solar collector.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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May 22, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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My reliance sta-kleen 502 gas water heaters' pilot will not lihgt. can some one give me an idea what to do.


Reliance is Rheem
Replace thermocouple is best start point.
Example Whirlpool manual shows general replacement steps on page 22:
Buy thermocouple at hardware or home center. measure length before going to store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Whirlpool-6510397.pdf

Utube videos show how to replace thermocouple

Many things can affect pilot:
Low gas pressure, Water or air or debris in the gas control valve, High-heat event causing ECO to trip requiring new gas control valve, burner and tubes needing clean-out, FV sensor tripped, loose or bad thermocouple.
Manual above shows general steps for doing some of these things, but service technician is probably best choice if thermocouple does not fix problem.

Gas water heaters require periodic maintenance.
If repairs cost more than $330, then buy new gas water heater and install yourself.
Use the old one for a solar collector.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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May 22, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have an 80 gallon Reliance water heater. It's about 3 years old and wired 240V. Within the last couple days it has tripped the breaker twice. There is nothing else on this circuit. What could be causing...


Hi,
There is a heating element going bad and shorting out...
The best thing to do would be to replace both elements because it would be very hard to tell exactly which one is causing the problem...

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Mar 31, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a Reliance Sta-Kleen 805 Electric Water Heater that is leaking from the cold valve but the water is coming out hot. How do I repair it?


If I understand correctly you have residential electric water heater, and your shut off valve located above water heater on cold-water line is leaking?

1) Hot water would come out of this valve if it's leaking because water inside tank is hot and under pressure ... also remember, hot water rises so tank is probably heating the water inside the cold line during hours when no hot water is being used.

2) You probably need to replace the valve. But if water is leaking because a pipe is rusted, the valve may be ok, and just the pipe needs to be replaced.
Take a photo of your problem to hardware store or home center.
I used to work in those stores and could help folks get the right parts.

3) Here are some steps for replacing the valve.
Shut off main water source into house. This is usually located underground in same box where meter-reader looks at meter.
Your water heater shut off valve is called a gate valve, and it will be 3/4"
All water heater pipes are 3/4"
You will need two 10-12" pipe wrenches, maybe a new gate valve, maybe a new flex connector, probably short 3/4 pipe pieces, teflon tape for each threaded pipe.
Hardware store or home center can get you the right materials, just take a photo over to hardware store

4) When you get started, turn off water heater circuit breaker for a couple hours so water will cool down. You don't want to get scalded with hot water.
Do NOT drain the tank.
Simply open a bathtub faucet on hot side to release pressure.
When finished, turn on the water, and make sure water is flowing out of tub spout in full stream before turning circuit breaker ON

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Jan 23, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Have sta kleen 805 , have power,240 v no hot water


If I understand correctly, your water heater circuit tested for 240 Volts.

1) If circuit has power on one leg of the 240V circuit, water heater can appear to have electricity, but won't turn on since 240V needs both legs to complete the 240V circuit. Solution: test for 240 across top two screws on upper thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/B220C.html

2) ECO reset button tripped on upper thermostat. Solution, push in reset button. If reset will not reset, then replace upper thermostat. I usually replace both upper and lower thermostats at same time: cost $28. Buy parts from home center or hardware store. Be sure to put factory-insulation and covers back so thermostat is not exposed to cooler outside temperatures, that cause hotter water than set point.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) If ECO reset button keeps tripping, then keep resetting until you can test water heater parts. Spend 30 minutes and do complete troubleshoot on tank.
Buy cheap multi-meter from home center. When test calls for checking voltage, rotate dial to 240-250-277 VAC. When test calls for checking continuity or elements, rotate dial to Ohms (upside down horseshoe is ohms).
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Dec 29, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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