Reliance/American model 501 questions.

Old 11-06-07, 11:52 AM
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Reliance/American model 501 questions.

Seems my water heater is kicking off every 2-3 days now for unknown reason. It's been working fine to the point, but have only been in this current home for about a year and a half. I keep having to reset it. Not sure if it's the heating elements causing this (maybe damaged or dirty) or maybe the thermostat causing the issue? At any rate I have had to reset it 3 times now in the last week. It's a Reliance?American duel 4500W elements and I don't know it's age. There is a thermostate on each element and I don't know if they are controlled individually or if the thermostat may have an issue. Can I turn either the top element temp down or up and same or opposite. Any ideas?
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Change your thermostats. The reset button is tripping because your tank is overheating.
Old 11-06-07, 02:11 PM
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Yes you can turn the tstat down. Like said you dont say how old. Lowes and Home Depot both have a whole kit new tstat and elements that you can put in . If you want to go that way. I would.

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