no hot water


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Old 03-02-06, 01:43 PM
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no hot water

I have Rheem electric water heater and since last night no hot water at all.
I checked both upper and lower thermostats and there is no power in the lower but there is
in the upper.
What could be the problem?
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Old 03-02-06, 05:33 PM
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If there is also 240 volts at the upper element, then it is bad. If there is 240 volts at the upper thermostat and not at the element, then the upper thermostat is bad or the red high limit thermostat is tripped on the upper thermostat. If you push the red button and it clicks and you then get hot water, the bottom thermostat is possibly defective. Post back with any further questions.

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Old 03-05-06, 08:41 AM
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Thank you

There is power in the upper element and thermostat.
There is NO power in the lower element and thermostat.
The red button is not tripped out.
Maybe one of the elements never worked before?
What do you think i should do next?
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Old 03-05-06, 09:14 AM
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Replace the top element after turning off the power. The bottom element won't come into play until after the top of the tank is heated up.

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Old 03-05-06, 11:50 AM
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ok

I'll go and try to do it now.
I'll let you know.
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Old 03-05-06, 01:36 PM
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hey

I'm going to take a long shower tonight
Thank you for your help
 
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Old 03-05-06, 03:51 PM
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Congrats on Doing It Yourself. You deserve the shower.

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