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I have a reliance 606 hot water heater and the water gets too hot and it trips the red button, I replaced the two heating elements and it's still doing the same thing.

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Needs new thermostat(s) If the whole tank is heating( next time it trips, before using any hot water check the lower tank thru the lower element access(breaker off) If the lower tank is hot-you need a new lower thermostat. if just the upper part of the tank is heating -you need an upper thermostat.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010

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    nanabanana11 Feb 15, 2013

    Sean, I bought a house that has a Reliance 606 electric water heater. I had gas before and always had hot water. This is all new to me. I have read different posts and tried several things. Your posts somehow seems to make sense to me. I am going to give it plenty of time to heat up. then I'm going to check to see if the lower tank is hot, or if the upper tank is hot. I believe it could be a thermostat tripping the reset button. But, I also found that the temperature was set all the way up as far as it would go. It makes me think that it could be set too high. I am going to keep my fingers crossed. Thanks for your input. I appreciate it, Sean.

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