my electric Reliance 501 water heater should be called non-Reliable!!
Posted by Rachel on January 01, 2003 at 22:28:07:
I just bought a house, whose previous owner used a handyman who wasn't too handy. Not only did he install the kitchen sink without a P-trap, but I think he screwed up the Reliance 501 water heater. It works intermittenly at best - and when it does, the hot water smells strange - like burnt plastic. One of the copper pipes going into the heater has a pool of water leaking from it (and there's some rust there too). I had a plumber come by who said that the leaking water is "not good". The plumber did get the hot water to work- but now it's giving me trouble again. Do any of you folks have any insights as to what's going on with this lovely water heater? Any info you could give me would be just great!