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My electric hot water heater gets the water scolding hot then trips the reset button. i tried changing the upper thermostat. didnt fix the problem anybody got some advice.

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Hi Cindy,

Check out an article I wrote on how to check test a water heater thermostat. Look at the discussion pages for additional info, too.

I hope it helps & good luck! Please rate my reply. Thank you.

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The water heater (Reliance Elec 501) does not turn on, This happened on the same day that our whole apartment lost power due to tripped main switch.n I reset main but water heater does not respond,...


Two-element water heater is 240Volts.
No hot water means: ECO reset button tripped, upper element bad, upper thermostat bad, or 240Volts is not reaching water heater.
Circuit breaker can be delivering power on one leg of the 240V circuit, so water heater appears to have electricity but is only receiving 120V.
Test for 240volts across top two screws on upper thermostat.
Look for loose wires and burned connections.
Push in reset button real hard.
Replace both upper and lower thermostats.
Remove wires and test upper element for continuity.

Open following links for do-it-yourself troubleshoot walk-thru:
http://waterheatertimer.org/B220C.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

Aug 21, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Called and was told to change lower thermostat but yet again I had to go push red reset button on top panel to get it back on to get hot water. what should I do now?


You have electric water heater.
You have top and bottom panel, so water heater is 240Volt.
No hot water because ECO reset button tripped.
Water heater works correctly when reset button is reset, so electric power and circuit breaker are good. Water heater wiring is probably good.

Problem is most likely bad thermostat.
I usually replace both upper and lower thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

If problems continue after replacing thermostats, then test and replace elements.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html

Aug 05, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have a Rheem Marathon 105 gal. electric hot water heater. No hot water ....


Check 240 circuit breaker.
Open top cover on water heater and push in ECO red reset button.
If reset button will not reset, then replace thermostat.
If reset is not tripped out, then either upper thermostat is bad, upper element is bad, or water heater might be getting 120V instead of 240V.
If you have some hot water, then best suspect is lower element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

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May 26, 2011 | Rheem MR105245 Marathon Electric Water...

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Limited hot water from 62 gal ge model D03666 looking for type and how to replace heating elements


Open following links to get started.
If water heater has NO hot water, then best suspect is ECO reset button tripped on upper thermostat. Open upper cover and push in red reset button. If reset keeps tripping, I usually replace both upper and lower thermostat.

If water heater has some hot water, then upper element is good so test lower element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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I no hot water coming out. Have power to water heater.


Electric water heater is not making hot water.

That gives 4 suspects.

1) Breaker is not delivering 240V to water heater on both legs.
Open following link for checklist troubleshoot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

2) Upper thermostat ECO reset button has tripped. Open top cover and push in reset button. Put insulation and cover back so thermostat not exposed to cooler air. If problem persists, replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) Upper element is bad. If upper element goes bad, the tank will not have any hot water, even if lower element is good.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

4) Water heater is overheating and ECO reset is tripping.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Feb 22, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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No heat the water.


Suddenly no hot water: Red reset button tripped, circuit breaker tripped, bad upper element, bad thermostat, loose wire, TP valve is running hot water out of tank, leaking faucet is running hot water out of tank.

1) Check for leaks.
2) Check circuit breaker.
3) Open top cover on water heater and push in red reset button.
If reset is popped out and will not reset, replace thermostat:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
4) Test upper element:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
5) Loose wire
Do full troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

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Feb 01, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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It has cold water comign out no hot


Hi,


Yes, the reset probably is tripped...push in the red button hard
Then turn it on and try it...

Check out this tip..

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Jan 18, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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My water heater wont heat up


You posted under Marathon electric heater.
If you have tankless or tank-type gas heater, information below does not apply.

Absence of hot water say upper element is not working.
1) This can be caused by tripped reset button located on upper thermostat. Open upper cover and push in reset button. Put ear against tank to hear bubbly fizzing sound. Put insulation and cover back over thermostat. Continue reading information below because reset button trips when thermostats are bad or element is shorted.
2) Upper thermostat is bad. Replace upper thermostat. I usually replace both upper and lower thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
3) Electricity going to water heater from breaker box is interrupted.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html
4) Upper element is bad. Test element. Replace element if needed.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

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Jan 17, 2011 | Rheem MR105245 Marathon Electric Water...

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No hot water


Electric water heater can be repaired by homeowner.

Four things can cause NO hot water:
1) ECO red reset button tripped. Remove top cover on water heater, push red reset button on thermostat. Put insulation and cover back over thermostat.
2) Circuit breaker is tripped, circuit breaker bad, or wire loose in breaker box. Turn breaker on-off and listen for crackling or fizzing sound, and burned smell. Test breaker for 220Volts. Test top two screws on upper thermostat to see if water heater has electricity.
3) Bad upper thermostat. Replace upper thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
4) Bad upper element. Test upper element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

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