Question about Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC 83VR522
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.
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.
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