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Pesky Electric Water Heater
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DeadCarp    Posted 01-04-2003 at 12:45:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is the 2nd pair of new elements i've installed. It's a 50 gal, with (2) 4500w screw-in elements. It was getting lazy (had a long recovery cycle), so yesterday i cleaned the crud and replaced the lower element,(with a down&back 4500 w one - it had plain loop elements) no leaks, filled it, had juice at the element lugs so i left it on but got NO hot water overnite.

Today i drained it again, replaced both elements with plain loop 4500w and still looks like no hot water. Now, i HAVE 110 at each element lug, why ain't it heating up? The box is wired right, elements seem to be, i pushed the reset, advanced the lwr element's adjustable heat some - Could it be some grounding problem or something?

Willy-N    Posted 01-04-2003 at 23:00:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
You may have one side of your breaker tripped. If you have two handles conected together for your breaker that happens once in a while. Try and turn both handles off hard to off to reset them both then snap them to on again. You can get 110 to ground on both sides of the element if the element is good because the electricty will go thru the element to the other screw. If when you put the tester on both screws you get nothing then you do not have 220 to the element. The upper element dose not work at the same time as the lower one. To much load (8,000 watts) so the top heats first then it switches to the lower one. If you still do not have hot water check at the wire nuts in the main conection for 220 volts. You can get to them under the round cover on the top of the water heater. Probley a black/white/bare and you should get 220 accross the black and white wires. Ex Electrical Contractor. Mark H.

Red Dave    Posted 01-04-2003 at 16:52:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
The water heater elements I've worked on are 220 volts. If you have 110 on it, check to make sure it's a 220 element, if it is, it sounds like one side of the double pole thermostat isn't closing and may need replaced.
If you aren't absolutly sure you are qualified to do this, please call an electrician. Safety first.

fowler    Posted 01-04-2003 at 17:30:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
only three things to check.power,thermostat,element.heater should be wired to heat top of tank first then the bottom element should come on.i have read a lot of your post trying to help people.if i can help just let me know.

Burlgoat from Texas    Posted 01-04-2003 at 16:40:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check the voltage across the element terminals you should read 220 volts.Even though you get 110 to ground it doesnt mean that you are getting 220 to the element.If you are not getting 220 check your breakers you may have one tripped.Good luck and if that doesnt work holler real loud & we will try something else.

Les    Posted 01-04-2003 at 15:11:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go with gas. Unless electricity is a lot cheaper out your way than here (which is very possible) LP is a much better deal. I will never go back to electric for hot water if I can help it.

fredo    Posted 01-04-2003 at 14:46:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
if you have an volt meter you will read 110 at termanals to check cal rods or elements is to be very carefull, kill circuit, pull one wire off of element, put meter on screw, turn circuit on and see 110 volts to ground. if no voltage, element is bad. if your tank is 220 volts with power on you will read 220 volts bad or good element.
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walt    Posted 01-04-2003 at 12:57:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like bad thermostats..

kjm    Posted 01-04-2003 at 20:41:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I`ll keep my tankless gas water heater, I`ve never ran out of hot water and I don`t have to mess with an electric heater any more

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