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After de-winterizing and filling the water tank, the water pump runs continuously even with faucets shut off. Only a small amount of water comes out when faucets are turned on.

City water is not hooked up. Shore power is connected. Indicator shows water tank is 3/4 full. Water heater has been drained and is not lit.

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Sounds like the system needs primed .

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Drain hot water heater


turn off gas
turn off cold water to heater
connect hose to spickot
place hose end outside
turn on spickot
open hot water faucets in house
wait.
when water stops, turn on cold water for 30-60 sec or so to try to stir up any sentiment in tank
turn off cold water and let drain.
close spickot
turn on cold water
let fill till water start coming out hot water faucets then turn off hot water faucets.
turn on gas and relight pilot.
finish bleeding air from hot water faucets.
set water heater thermostat

Jun 14, 2014 | Rheem 43VP50E2 50 Gallon FVR Natural Gas...

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How do I fill and turn on my rheem 82v52-2


82V52-2 is typical 240Volt 50-gallon electric water heater.
Water heater has to be full of water before turning on power.
This is true for gas and electric water heater.

Once water pipes are connected, you are ready to fill tank.
Turn on cold water shut-off so water enters tank.
Open bathtub spigot on hot side.
When tank is full, water comes out of tub spout full stream.
Let the water run until there is no more air coming out.
Next, open TP lever on water heater for a moment, and this will bleed out last pocket of air.
TP valve is located on upper part of tank, on the side or on top. It is a brass valve with silver-colored lever. Lift lever for a moment and water will exit tank down the overflow tube.
Water heater is full.
Turn on 240Volt circuit breaker going to water heater.

Other links with electric water heater information:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-drain-valve.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html#cleanelectric
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

Aug 04, 2011 | Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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How do I drain the tank for maintainence?


Turn the gas valve to pilot and leave it there. This way the pilot will stay on but it wont try to heat and you dont have to re light the pilot. Turn off the water supply valve to the heater. Open the drain valve at the bottom of the heater and hold the lever open on the pop off valve towards the top of the tank. This will allow air into the tank and it will drain faster. If there is not a floor drain nearby you can hook a garden hose to the drain valve. When you are finished do not turn the gas valve back on until the heater is full of water. Open sink faucets when filling tank with water to avoid excess pressure.

Jan 30, 2011 | Rheem 40 Gallon FVR NATGAS Low WATER...

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I HAVE A RELIANCE 630 DORT( 40 GALLON) THAT IS ONLY GIVING ABOUT ONE MINUTE OF HOT WATER AND AN ELECTRICIAN THAT JUST WANTS TO CHANGE PARTS. HOW COULD I TEST THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS BEFORE I JUST START...


Reliance is AO Smith company
http://www.aosmith.com/OperatingUnits/Detail.aspx?id=138&ekmensel=c580fa7b_12_0_138_3

Age of water heater is on serial number located on label on side of tank. First digit is letter, next two digits are the year. So C04 is 2004. Label also shows wattage of elements inside tank.

606 water heater at Reliance
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/prod/e-606.html

PDF spec sheet below shows your tank takes 4500 watt element.
I buy ordinary screw-in type 4500 watt elements for $20 at Lowes, I can't remember price exactly because they're inexpensive.
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/spec/electric/R606E0510.pdf

Typical 606 manual:
http://www.reliancewaterheaters.com/lit/om/manuals/185761-000.pdf
Shows element and cleaning/replacement page 20.
We know your lower element is burned out because plumber checked and said problem is element.
We know upper element is working because you have some hot water.
If upper element is bad, then tank has no hot water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

Photo from manual shows typical element that I buy at Lowes or hardware store:
Manual does not mention special element required.
Your element burned out probably because sediment is built up inside tank, and not because stock elements are inferior.
Is your electrician/plumber also going to clean sediment out of tank?
Changing element and cleaning sediment will restore full efficiency to your tank.
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Here are step-by-step images that show do-it-yourself, so you can see if this is correct project for you:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html
Page shows how to drain tank, replace element, and has links to troubleshooting if you want to test parts and learn more about your water heater.
Also see:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

Dec 08, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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My water heater is leaking a lot. water comes from the down bellow. It started like three months ago but it is getting worst Do I need to replace it? how much it will cost a similar one?


It sounds like you need to replace it, Actual cost can very widrly depending on your location but I would say $350-400 is probably close. Plus installation unless you can do it yourself. Hope this helps. Thanks

Nov 23, 2010 | Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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How does rhe hot and cold water hook up on a 71-40d which is which top and bottom


Tanks are marked with Hot and Cold.
1) If water connections are on top of tank, look for red marking or word HOT that shows where hot water pipe connects. Look for blue marking or word COLD that shows cold water connection.
2) If water connections are on side of tank, cold water connects to bottom one, and hot connects to top.

3) If hot and cold are reversed, the tank will not work.
Pipes on top of tank: cold water enters tank and is sent to bottom of tank in a long tube called the dip tube. This means the cold is on the bottom since hot water rises to the top. The hot water exits top of tank.
Pipes on side of tank: You want cold water to enter bottom, so hot water naturally rises to the top outlet.

Nov 14, 2010 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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Is it normal for water heaters to drain out when there is no electricity?


If there is no electricity, it doesn't drain out, it just doesn't fill up. Unless you have city water. The Tank doesn't know if it has water in it or not, it just heats up no matter what, If there is no water it will burn out the elements on an electric heater. Your heater should not drain out at all, it takes hours to drain it when you have to, it just trickles out. If you have a problem with your heater being empty, It should have a 3/4 line going in, and the valve be open, of course, and all the sinks and faucets, washers, etc, should not be dripping, but like I said, it shouldn't leak or drip and stay full all the time. The only time you will dent the volume is when 3 people take showers at the same time and the washing machine is running and somebody is doing dishes in the kitchen. But when the power goes out, it doesn't fill up. So don't use any water when the power goes out. Now that you are totally confused, hope this helps.

Oct 31, 2010 | Water Heaters

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My Reliance water heater suddenly produced only luke warmwarm water. I checked for power to the elements. Top one had nothing, bottom one had 110. I replaced the top element (which looked ok.) (power...


Lower element will always test 120V to ground since thermostats turn off one hot wire.

Listed below are suspects in order of ease.

1) Check that hot water is not running out of TP valve and down into a drain.
This will cause water heater to run all the time but not be able to keep up.

2) Test elements before replacing anything:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

3) Test electricity to water heater:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

4) Replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

5) Final thing would be full troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Add a comment for more free help.
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For a price, expert speaks with you over phone while you work on water heater or any do-it-yourself project.
Fixya is always less expensive than a service call.

Sep 29, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Empty boiler


Turn main water off to the water heater, it may be a valve on cold side coming in to shut off. Next turn power off to the heater and drain the tank the drain will be located near the bottom of the tank.
You will need a water hose to connect to the drain to run water outside. Open a faucet hot side to allow you to drain the tank.

Upon reinstall connect the tank up and fill tank and open up hot side on one faucet at a time to purge out air from system before turning power back on. Make sure you have water flowing from each faucet's hot side before turning power back on.

Jul 02, 2010 | Rheem 80 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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