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We have changed the element and is still not working.


What water heater do you have? Question posted under BW 120V 6 gallon electric.
Element is found on electric water heater.
Igniter is found on gas water heater.
So now it get's confusing what water heater you have.... for example some 6 gallon RV water heaters have both electric and gas. And troubleshoot for that is different than electric water heater.
Copy following link for electric water heater troubleshoot resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html
Does tank have 2 elements or 1? Which element did you change... why did you change element before replacing thermostat? What symptoms were you experiencing before changing element?
Is this a new heater? Was tank full of water before power turned ON?
Add a comment and describe problem in detail.
Gene

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Jul 29, 2013 | Bradford White M16u6ss 6 Gallon 120v 1500w...

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Hotwater system element change


1) Copy following link for replacing element on tank-type water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

2) Feb 2013. Add comment and describe exact product type, model, and brand name for possible location of product manual or resources.

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Feb 04, 2013 | Water Heaters

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How do i change the upp and lower heating elements


Copy following link for step-by-step
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

You might want to test them first.
If water heater has some hot water, then upper element is good.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

If elements test good, then problem can be thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Oct 11, 2012 | Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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Rheem electric water heater 50 gallon, lukewarm water. Water is warm but not hot, where should we look for problem?


Luke warm water is the result of top element bad and the bottom is the only one heater. The best solution I can reccomend is to change both out due to the fact the bottom element may go bad and since you have to change one you might as well change both.

Turn power and water off, drain heater down and once water is drained out change them out. Once new ones installed turn water on to fill heater and open faucets and get air out on the hot side of each faucet once water is flowing out of each faucet you are now ready to turn power back on.

Oct 12, 2011 | Rheem 50 Gallon FVR NATGAS Water Heater...

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How do I change the heating element on my 50 gallon electric Reliance 501 hot water heater? Where can I get the heating elements?


Buy elements at local hardware store or home center, like Lowes
Look at label on side of tank.
Label shows element wattage.
Element is also printed on end of element in tiny letters-numbers.
Typical elements are 4500 and 5500 watts.
Tank needs 10 gauge wire and 30 amp breaker for 5500 watt element.

Water heaters are fully repairable by homeowner.

1) Have you tested water heater to see if element is problem? You need cheap multi-meter from Home Depot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

2) To change element
a) turn off power
b) drain water from drain valve ... once it starts draining, loosen element slightly while tank still has weight to hold against you turning element wrench.
Here's what to do if water heater won't drain:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Water-heater-will-not-drain.html
c) open covers on tank, remove element using element-wrench from hardware store or home center.
If element won't come out:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-remove-old-water-heater-element.html
d) Clean out tank if needed.
e) Replace element.
f) Fill tank entirely with water before turning on power or element will burn out.
g) Once tank is filled, and water flows steady out of tub spout, turn on power.
Each steps above is shown on following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html

3) You need to buy some things:
Screw-in type (not bolt-in type) Element that matches wattage on tank label. New Element comes with washer.
Inexpensive Element wrench.
Inexpensive multimeter if you are going to test parts first.
Some pieces of pipe and hose if tank sediment needs to be cleaned out.
Washing machine hose if tank will not drain (return after job is done).

4) Also:
You need flat tip and phillips screwdriver.
Lighting to work on tank
Some WD-40 if element is stuck in place.
Garden hose to drain tank.
Shop vac and duct tape if you need to vacuum out sediment.
Tarp to protect floor and carpet
Maybe a knife to cut back insulation on wire if wire is burned at element.

Web links above go through entire process step by step.
Add a comment if you need more help, I'll be back around 5 CST

Nov 30, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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I have change the bottom heatern and the bottom thermostat but the bottom heate do not have current even if the top heater and thermostat have current.


There will be no current to bottom element until top element shuts off. then top thermostat will send current to bottom element only after the top half of the water heater has heated up and shuts off current to top element. Only one element at a time can be on. If current still does not go to bottom AFTER top element shuts off, the top stat could be bad.

Dec 28, 2009 | Water Heaters

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Hot water heater


Absolutely no hot water indicates the top element or thermostat on the heater. Check to make sure that you have 240 volts on the top two terminals of the top thermostat. If you do then check the top element for voltage. It should also read 240 volts between the two screws. If you have 240 volts there shut off the power, drain the heater to a point below the top element and change the top element. When the element is installed turn your WATER back on and let the air bleed out of several hot faucets in the house. When the faucets stop spitting air you can turn them off. Check for leaks around the element. If you have no leaks turn the power back on the the heater and replace the covers.

That should get you 'back in hot water' in two hours.

Mike

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