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Jerry Hardy

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I was a Building Contractor along with owning rental properties where I did most of the repairs myself. Its my pleasure to pass on to you some of the methods I had used in the past. Hopefully, this will save you the expense of hiring a professional to do the work.

Replacing Water Heater Element



PROCEDURE FOR REPLACING WATER HEATER ELEMENT:

 

water heater element

Replacing a water heater element is a simple matter if the following steps are followed:

Turn off water

1. Turn off the water at the valve on the supply line to the tank.

Turn off power at the breaker box

Drain tank

1. Attach a garden hose to the drain valve located at the bottom of the tank

2 Open the pressure overflow valve at the top of the tank.

3. Open the drain valve at the hose and begin draining the tank. If the upper water heater element needs replacing, it is only necessary to drain the tank just below the element. After allowing the tank to drain approximately 10 minutes, using an 1 ½ inch socket tool, loosed the element only slightly. If water begins to leak out, re-tighten the element and allow the tank to drain for another few minutes and try again. If no water is leaking from the slightly loosened element, slowly loosen it further to be assured the water level is below the element. If the lower element needs replacing, it will be necessary to remove most all the water from the tank. Since this is the case, I would suggest draining all the water.

Remove the element

1. Remove the two wires fastened to the water heater element. Using the 1 ½ inch socket, completely remove the element.

Install new element

1. Prior to installing the new water heater element, make sure it has a rubber seal below the hex portion of the element. Insert element and tighten with the 1 ½ inch socket.

2. Reattach the two wires. It doesn’t matter which wire goes to which screw.

Remove garden hose

1. Remove the drain hose after tightening the drain valve securely.

Refill the water tankwater heater

1. Close the pressure relief valve

2. Open a hot water tap nearest the water heater

3. Open the inlet water valve and allow the tank to fill completely. When water begins to run out of the opened  tap, the tank is full.

4. Turn off the tap.

Check for leaks

Inspect the replaced element for leaks

Replace the panels

1. Replace the plastic protective cover over the thermostat and water heater element

2. Replace the insulation.

3. Install the panels

Turn on the power

This is the final step in replacing a water heater element

 

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