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Model ee3j50rd045v whirlpool electric water heater is heating fairly well but the diagnostic light turns on and off and makes a clicking noise when doing so. This usually occurs after you run water for a few seconds and will do so until the tank gets full. Then when the tank fills it will heat up the water and stop blinking and clicking. I have read by searching that this may be a bad control board. Is this a normal problem with these or could it be something else?

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    Ryan Roland Aug 23, 2013

    same model, same problem, same solution as geno. cannot understate how helpful the customer service was. Jay i believe. After giving the model number and describing the problem they told me when it was sold and when the warranty will expire then proceeded to schedule a control module delivery for 2 days later (i called at 930pm). Short of not having to deal with it at all, this was as good of an experience as i could have hoped for.

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The only Whirlpool electric heater I know with control board is Energy Smart electric:
Open following link to identify product and download sample manual:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Whirlpool-Energy-Smart-electric.html

First of all, the water heater is always full of water.
When you turn on hot water tap, hot leaves top of tank, and new cold water immediately enters bottom of tank through the dip tube. The tank never has air pockets as these would damage tank as explosive steam would fill that pocket ... remember they used to run locomotives with steam power.
So the tank is always full of water, and you know that since no air comes out of the hot water faucet.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

You did not say if this is new heater, or if heater was working correctly and stopped functioning.

What you describe does not sound normal.
I suggest calling Whirlpool at 1-877-817-6750.
You need to have serial number and model number from label on side of tank so product can be fully identified by Whirlpool.

If control board is bad, they will know and will sell you new board.
Installation is easy, and wires are color coded.
Replacement comes with instructions.

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Posted on Mar 25, 2011

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Is the Whirlpool Electric Water Heater Model # EE3J50RD045V energy star rated


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I don't know.
Call Whirlpool 1-877-817-6750

Energy Star is a label that means nothing to you.
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