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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 09-25-2017 01:04 PM 408 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rwe2156

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09-25-2017 01:04 PM

Ok guys. Yeah I decided to install the water heater myself – simple, right?

Water and electrics hooked up correctly.

Confirmed power to both elements.

Heater was left on overnight – No hot water.

I did a resistance test on the upper element and it checked OK.

Got a plumber friend coming to check, but any ideas?

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#1 posted 09-25-2017 01:41 PM

Did you fill it with water before you turned on the power?

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#2 posted 09-25-2017 01:54 PM

is the water at least warm or still cold ? :<))

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#3 posted 09-25-2017 02:18 PM

Maybe set the thermostat to turn the heaters on…...set them at 140 degrees, and see IF they turn on…..there will be a red “Reset” button on the thermostats…..yes, there are two, one for each element….make sure they have been reset ( push the button in usually does the trick)

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#4 posted 09-25-2017 02:30 PM

You can not do a resistance test on a electric hot water heater. if the element is open the water will complete the circuit. The best test is using a amp meter on the element.
But if it has two elements most are wired to turn on the upper element before the lower to save on the wiring to the heater.
If it is 20 amp circuit the it is wired that way. If 30 or higher the both elements come on the same time.
I am thinking that the upper element or thermostat is bad.
Try turning the upper down and see if the lower one comes on.

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#5 posted 09-25-2017 07:19 PM

There is one thermostat for both elements.

The thermostat is preset for 120°.

The thermal reset button is not tripped.

Bandit, like I said, there is power to both elements this is what is confusing me it why aren’t the elements heating if there is power to them?

I think I will turn the thermostat up to 140 and see what happens.

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#6 posted 09-25-2017 07:31 PM

Did you fill up the tank with water before turning on the electricity?

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#7 posted 09-25-2017 08:15 PM

Breaker defective. Not getting 240. Thx guys.

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