|Posted by hj on January 16, 2004 at 20:44:44:|
|In response to Re: Electric Hot Water Heater|
The only way you would get a 240v reading would be if the element was supposed to be heating, whether it was or not. It is difficult to describe how to test the thermostats and elements on a water heater without unintentionally allowing you to do something that would create a safety hazard. There will be no fire from a shorted element. Do you have power to the heater? If so, and the red reset is locked in, then you should have 240 to the upper element.
: : : I have a 40 gal. Whirlpool electric water heater .. A couple days ago, a water line problem down the street from me caused my local water co. to cut the water off to my house for several hours while I was at work. As a result, I had no hot water after about 36 hours. Upon checking, it was eveident that my upper element was bad, so I replaced it. Now comes the problem .. I checked the upper and lower thermostat using a continuity test - and both checked okay. So did the lower element. The probelm is that I have electricity at the upper element and thermostat (240V), but I can't detect absolutely anything (electricity wise) at the bottom - thermostat or element. What would cause this?? Any help greatly appreciated.
: : Chris,
: : Sometimes the Reset button needs to be pushed or reset. If this doesn't get the element working, use a continuity tester to determine if the element has shorted out. Replacement of the element may be needed.
: Terry -
: Thanks so much for he reply .. Even if the elements work in turns, should I not be seeing a 240V reading reading regardless (forgive my ignorance? I've checked the reset button - no problem there. I did a continuity check on the bottom element and thermostat - both checked okay, but I'm still not reading any juice coming in to either (I have replaced both thermostats and the upper element just this evening). I guess my fear in not reading any juice at the bottom is that there is a short somewhere that coudl potentially cause a fire?? Again - thanks in advance for your help.
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