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My mobile home 501 Reliance 30 gal gas water heater makes noise when water heating that sounds like something banging against wall of tank because of water agitating.

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SOURCE: Reliance 501 Hot Water Heating element for 30 gal tank, where to purchase

You do not need special parts.
Wattage is printed on end of each element.
Buy generic elements at hardware store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

Posted on May 22, 2012

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My reliance 501 is leaking at both entry hoses ports and also is very hot to the touch near the electrical connection port on the top of the water heater.


Emergency steps:
Turn electric power off.
Release tank pressure by opening bathtub faucet on hot side.
Turn off water supply to heater.
You can turn water heater ON for short periods (1/2 hour) to make some hot water until repairs are made.

It sounds like runaway heating caused by shorted element, possibly caused by leaking water. But I cannot tell for certain what the problem is. Read following links and/or call plumber.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Over-amping:
Look at watt rating label on side of tank.
For example 4500 watt water heater requires 30 amp breaker and 10 gauge wire.
If you have 20 amp breaker and 12 gauge wire, then change elements to max 3800 watts. Tank will heat more slowly.

You have to fix leaks, and I cannot see that problem. Call plumber or repost question with clear description of leak.

Jul 31, 2012 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Reliance 501 Hot Water Heating element for 30 gal tank, where to purchase


You do not need special parts.
Wattage is printed on end of each element.
Buy generic elements at hardware store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

Apr 21, 2012 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Why does my water heater make crackling noises


The crackling noise is from build-up of sediment.
I forget exact reaction that causes the noise.
Water heaters exposed to hard water will create sediment inside the tank.

Following link shows sediment and remedies for gas and electric water heaters.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

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Sounds like a squirrel inside water heater


Check your thremostat setting if it is set to highest position it may be causing some of the noise over heating the water and making the noise. And you can put an insulated jacket on it to maybe help with sound.

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Sounds like a squirrel inside water heater


Hi,
The noise is inherent in electric hot water heaters. It is the noise that the water makes when it is being heated by electric heating elements. Mineral buildup on the elements can make it worse, so changing the elements can help...but will not totally elimenate the noise. When I install a new tank and turn it on all I have to do is listen to it to see if it is working or not...even brand new will make a sound...it is the sound of hot water... :-)

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Reliance gas water heater 640ycrs pilot light will not stay after 1 heat period replaced thermal couple has gas thermal switch


if water heater will heat a tank of water before the pilot light goes out you need to replce the gas thermostat

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Describe your Reliance & 30 Gal LP


TURN OFF THE GAS VALVE AND WATER TO THE TANK REMOVE THE PIPES FOR THE DRAFT USE A SHOP VAC AND CLEAN THE DIRT AND DUST FROM THE INSIDE OF THE DUCT WORK ALSO WHERE THE BURNER IS LOCATED YOU CAN VACUME THERE ALSO AND REINSTALL THE DUCT TO THE FLUE

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Hello .. when an electric water heater only gets warm, it is usually the thermostats. I would replace the thermostats, make notes where the wires are connected .. make sure after replacing that the back of the thermostat is flat against the metal of the tank.

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