How to check elements?


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Old 02-05-09, 09:24 AM
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My (wife says) hot water tank not as hot. I want to check elements. What is best way ? Ohm or what? Also a good and easy way to check T stats? I'm going to check dip tube.

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Old 02-07-09, 10:25 AM
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If i recall, elements should measure about a coupla hundred ohms with a meter. Of course, kill the power to the unit before you touch the wires ! If the element reads infinity or super high resistance, its gone open and needs to be replaced.
 
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Old 02-08-09, 04:44 PM
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Depending on the watt rating of the elements a good element will have a resistance of between ten and fifteen ohms. Be sure to disconnect all wires form the elements before testing. If there are more than two wires (two or more wires on a single screw) be sure to make note of which wires went on what screw.
 
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Old 02-08-09, 07:56 PM
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I agree with Furd.. thats much more reasonable ohm readings.. I think I had some cobwebby 'rule' of "under a hundred ohms" that I screwed up in my reply.

Im approaching my mid-40's.. does this cobwebby thing get worse ? hehe Beer 4U2
 
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Im approaching my mid-40's.. does this cobwebby thing get worse ?
Unfortunately, yes, it does get worse.
 
 

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