Reliance 606 Electric Hot Water heater

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by samblam, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. samblam

    samblam New Member

    Mar 18, 2009
    I have a 40 gal Reliance 606 Electric Hot Water Heater. The water gets too hot, even on the lowest setting. It shuts down after taking a shower, using the dish washer or washing machine and I have to push the reset button. When it is heating it makes lots of noise. What is the problem? Do I need a new water heater or can it be fixed? :confused:
  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    You need someone to check it is most likely an element but it could also be a upper and /or lower thermostat...all electric water heaters can be fixed unless the tank is leaking...

    I will replace the upper thurmostat if it has been tripping due to a shorting element reguardless...
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    That is almost, but not always, caused by one of the elements shorting out and bypassing the thermostat. Do not change anything until everything has been tested to see where the problem is.
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    Despite the number of benefits that you get from buying electric Rheem hot water systems, you will most benefit from the fact that it heats the water easily. For this reason alone, you get to save your time waiting for water to be heated. This can help you get to work on time, especially if there are a lot of you in the home. Since water gets heated fast, you can all take a shower fast. You no longer have to spend so much time waiting.
  6. ballvalve

    ballvalve General Engineering Contractor

    Dec 28, 2009
    "retired" and still building and troubleshooting
    northfork, california
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