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I have a Rheem 82V52-1 Fury Electric Water Heater. The breaker keeps tripping atfer about five minutes of use. I uncovered the Bottom Element and Tested it with a Multimeter. Reads about 6 Ohms, Seems to have water dripping out of the head of the Element. Do I need any special Element for this? Or can I pick up a generic one at lows that fits its specs of 240V/208 5500W?

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Protect yourself.
If water heater is tripping breaker and water heater is wet, then danger of electrocution.
Turn off power.

You do not need special element. Local home center and hardware sell generic elements.
Check side of tank for element wattage, usually 4500 Watts.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

If fiberglass insulation is wet, you need new insulation because the insulation and cover cannot be left off the heater.
If thermostat is not covered with insulation, then cooler air will cause thermostat to mis-read temperature, and tank will overheat.
Putting a wet water heater back into service is dangerous.
Manufacturers suggest replacing flooded water heater.
Local Lowes here sells new 40 gallon electric water heater for $207.
Loosen anode rod before installing.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

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Posted on May 27, 2011

  • Anonymous May 27, 2011

    You have 5500 watt element. If local store does not have 5500, then replace with 4500W. Water will heat slower is only difference. For others reading this thread, if water heater has 4500 watt, it is not recommended to increase to higher wattage. 5500 watt water heater requires 10 gauge wire and 30 amp breaker.http://waterheatertimer.org/Figure-Volts...

  • Jandee Bj
    Jandee Bj Nov 25, 2016

    I changed my element and it still won't heat water

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