just bought this old home with this Rheem/GE electric water heater 50
here's what happened with this heater
Yesterday I noticed the water was cold
so I reset the circuit breaket for water heater from my Kitchen wall
MAIN then after that I heard sparking sound
Then I noticed the there was a leak on the top of the tank from the
pressure relief pipe
which was causing to collect water on the electric connection so I
dried that out and called
the repair man but he just reconnected the wires after drying the top
and suggested to replace the water heater.
The water was hot for three to five hours and then cold.
Any suggestion guys
thanks in advance
Kill the electric to the heater. Confirm that it's dead. Open the upper
element access panel. The house wiring connects with the water heater's
wiring in a junction box on top of the unit, from there the wiring goes to
the upper thermostat behind this panel, then to the lower thermostat behind
the bottom panel. Once all the wiring is visible, check for corrosion, or
any bad connections at these points and replace as necessary. I would
especially be looking for the location where the "sparking" occurred.
Turn the breaker to the WH off and go shopping for a new one.
Since the repair man indicated he thought you needed a new one, makes me
believe that yours is old enough that it is not worth trying to repair.
Useful life of water heaters depends greatly on local water quality.
Repairing a marginal tank is a waste of time and money.
sounds like the leak from above is shorting the power, tripping
sorry you need a new heater. leaks on old tanks arent worth fixing it
will just leak again soon somewhere else and your back where you
Water heaters don't last forever. The life of a typical heater depends
on how much care has been given: softened water, periodic flushing of
tank sediment, etc. Elements corrode and eventually fail. Tanks also
can develop hairline leaks which are impossible to locate or repair.
Find the most energy efficient tank and install it. You will then have a
reliable source for hot water and one less worry.
Just had mine replaced under warranty. Few months ago had to have
pressure relief valve changed and then thermostat controls. They would
not replace until it started leaking which it did over the weekend.
Slightly acidic water here eats a water heater every 5-6 years. If
repairman says replace it, replace it.
If the leak is the pipe, fix that first. If its actually leaking from
the tank, then you do have to replace it. Now shut off the power and
open the side panels. Dry things to be sure they are not wet.
Assuming you are comfortable around electricity, turn the power back
on and be sure there is power at the tank. Use a meter or a neon
tester. It should be around 220V. Then with the water being cold,
there should be power going to the elements. They are usually round
or round center with a square plate and 4 bolts. If it is, the
element is bad. If not, the control is bad. There should be two
elements and two controls. If you are not familiar with the parts,
controls have a dial on them to set the temperature. I already
explained the elements. Elements are either threaded in like a pipe,
or held bu 4 bolts if you have that type. If you replace something,
take the old one along so you get the righ wattage and length. The
controls either snap in, or have sheet metal screws. Always do all
work with the power turned off except the testing. Electric water
heaters are pretty simple. Only 5 parts. The tank itself (includiing
the drain valve), the upper element, lower element, upper control,
lower control. The releif valve is not part of the tank if you buy a
new one, so get a new one. If you do need to replace the tank and
DUI, aside from carrying the thing to the basement, it's not all that
hard. Two pipes, and two wires on screws. Of course if the new tank
is taller or shorter, you got to change the pipes, so try to find one
the same size if you can.
if the leak is where a pipe enters the tank just replace the tank,
fioxing that fitting will just result in more leaks.
hot water tanks are realtively cheap dependable appliances.
think of this often 500 bucks installed, average life 10 years.
thats 50 bucks a year, or not even a decent candy bar a week.
the best fix for a old tank is replacement and new tanks are more
efficent, thanks to foam insulation and arent filled with gunk which
leads to higher operationg costs and less hot water
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