Electric water heaters have two elements which are submerged inside the water of the tank. These are used to heat up tap water, giving you warm and hot water to use around your home. The bottom heating element often burns out quicker than the top one. If you are finding your water is not heating up, it may be a simple switch of elements that is needed to make the repair. Here are some instructions you can use to swap out the bottom heating element in your electric water heater.
Signs That The Bottom Element Is Failing
If you turn on your water and it is only warm or hot for a short period of time, switching over to cold before it should, it most likely is caused due to a faulty bottom heating element. The top element will turn on first, heating water at the top of your tank so that you do not need to wait a long time for warm water. The bottom element will then switch on to heat the rest of your tank. If it is faulty, the water will not heat and the warm water the top element heated will run out quickly.
Getting Prepared To Make The Swap
Before attempting to replace the heating element in your hot water heater, make sure the power supply is completely turned off. Unplug your hot water heater if it is being powered by an outlet. If it is hard-wired into the home's electricity, shut off the breaker for the hot water heater at the panel.
Next you will need to drain the water out of your hot water heater. To do this, turn the cold water inlet value on the hot water heater to the left so it turns off. Turn on the hot water faucet of your kitchen sink to lower the temperature of the water in the tank. Hook up a garden hose to the drain valve on your hot water heater and open it so the water will drain through the hose. Place the other end of your hose in a sink or outdoors so the water will not be distributed in your home.
Changing The Bottom Heating Element
Now that the water has been drained from the tank, and the power supply is safely in the off position, you can remove the old element. Wait at least two hours to remove to ensure that the element is not hot from prior use.
Disconnect any wires from the old heating element and unscrew it from the water heater counterclockwise. If it is stuck in place, use a chisel to dislodge it from the enclosure. Place the new element inside the enclosure. Reattach the wires and use a wrench to tighten. Close the drain valve so the water heater fills back up with cold water before turning on the power supply.
If you run into any problems, don't hesitate to contact a company like Clean Plumbers BY Phillip Maurici Plumbing Inc for advice or assistance.Share
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