Testing Hot water heater elements

Old 05-29-01, 08:14 AM
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How do you test to determine which heater element in a hot water tank isn't working?
Old 05-29-01, 08:27 AM
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I'm not a plumber, but here's how I test:
A. Turn off power breaker to water heater.
B. Disconnect both wires from each element.
C. Test for continuity with an ohm meter. No continuity, replace it. Usually the lower element goes first, but I always replace both while I'm at it, if one goes bad.
Good Luck!
Old 05-29-01, 08:29 AM
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Old 05-29-01, 09:04 AM
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Thanks Guy's much appreciated

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