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jamo    Posted 10-29-2002 at 06:17:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The heating element in my hot water heater needs replaced. Where do I look for one? Plumbing or electric places? I have to wrap a pipe in heat tape. Where do I find it? Can I do it myself? Thanks, these are things I've never done before so I need all the help I can get.

Les    Posted 10-29-2002 at 12:05:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
When my electric water heater took a dump, I replaced it with gas (propane). Best move I ever made.

Ron/PA    Posted 10-29-2002 at 10:05:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Jamo, if your heater is not too old, I would replace the element. If it is a screw in element, you don't even have to drain the heater, Shut off all valves, in and out, and use an element wrench, or the proper size socket and ratchet. Loosen the element, quickly screw it out and screw the new one back in. You should not loose any more than a pint of water.
Do you know how to test an element? If not drop an e-mail.
Heat tapes are a major cause of fires, please be sure to follow instructions, and if possible plug it into a GFCI it is your best insurance.
Good luck

LH    Posted 10-29-2002 at 08:47:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check your e-mail ref. reply

JoeK    Posted 10-29-2002 at 08:45:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you decide to replace heater,check with your electric co first,The Coop Power Co here will provide the unit free or give large rebate for replacing old unit w/new efficient one.Possible tax credit in income tax too.

Pilgrim - my experience says...    Posted 10-29-2002 at 08:27:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
that if the element is gone, the tank will soon spring a leak. I've had a cuppla tanks that had a bad element and replaced it. Shortly thereafter the tank would spring a leak. After a cupple, I replaced the whole dang thing.

These manufacturers got the wearing out cyle down to a science. It won't last one minute longer than they want it to.

Buy a new tank, you're gonna shortly anyway (and save the cost of the new element).

Okie-Dokie    Posted 10-29-2002 at 07:28:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try Wal-mart first (much less expencive than hardware stores). Next stop would most likely be a Home Depot or the equivalant. Want to save yourself a future headache? While you are there get yourself some kind of a big dish pan or a wash tub to set the heater in and fashion a drain that will drain water outside your house just incase the water heater springs a leak.

John - NY    Posted 10-29-2002 at 06:33:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
You can get both items at a hardware store. Follow the directions on the packaging. Make certain that you know what size electrical heating element you have in your water heater before you go to buy one. Almost always, it's the bottom element that's burnt out. Clean out the mineral build-up in the tank before you install the new one. I use a wet and dry vacuum with a 1" plastic tube in a 1" sink tailpiece to fit into the end of my vac hose. Works good! Make certain that you turn of the electrical supply to the unit before starting.

DeadCarp    Posted 10-29-2002 at 08:13:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Slickest way if you're sure that's what's wrong - (make sure the power is off) drain the W/H,(at the lower spigot) take the old element out first (4 screws) and bring it along. The hardware folks can tell you which one is right. BTW, i've used coathangars and made spoons of strips of metal and sometimes there's a bucket of crumbs to scoop out of inside there, before hooking up the new element. DO NOT turn the power back on until there's water in the heater again. Otherwise you might overheat & warp the new element.

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