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#1 cbixel

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Posted 04 May 2005 - 02:06 AM

Is there a forum for water heaters?

I have a Security 5 electric water heater that no longer produces hot water. Closer inspection revealed a tripped circuit breaker. I noticed a trickle of water comming from underneath the upper heating element electrical cover.

I took the electrical service cover off, and beneath I found clear evidence of electrical arcing. A fair amount of water also drained out of the area.

What repair is required? Do I need a new heating element? Do I need a new seal between the heating element and the tank? Do I simply need a new hot water heater?

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#2 Northern-Tech

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Posted 17 May 2006 - 07:59 PM

   First shut off power. Upper element can be in place, by threading in, or held in with bolts. Remove wires if its threaded, and see if it can be turned clockwise. ( Might just be loose ). If its the bolt type, tighten up bolts. See if this eliminates leak. Where is the arcing that you mentioned, on the cover plate, on the element...??

#3 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 03:05 AM

[user=560]cbixel[/user] wrote:

Is there a forum for water heaters?

Not yet. Thinking about starting one, though. Your post might be the first.

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 08:13 AM

How about a forum for Cold Water Heaters....why would we heat hot water? ;)  Or just plain ol' Water Heaters..:cool:
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#5 Samurai Appliance Repair Man

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 10:23 AM

[user=533]Pegi[/user] wrote:

How about a forum for Cold Water Heaters

That's what they should be called! :laughing:

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Posted 18 May 2006 - 02:54 PM

I also vote for a water heater forum master.  I have a problem (I think) with my sacrificial anode causing sulfur to precipitate from my well water, which is otherwise soft and fine for drinking.  This makes my hot water stink a little.  By the way, the cold water does not smell at all.

A water filter guy told me I could remove the sacrificial anode (which is aluminum) and that would stop the smell.  My question is, how much will this shorten the life of the tank and is it otherwise a bad idea?  This is an 80 gallon, electric hot water heater that is only 6 months old.  Is there anything else I can do short of a whole house filter? 

Thank you in advance for your help, master and please put up a water heater forum for us if it is to your liking.


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Posted 18 May 2006 - 03:04 PM

Ok, I'm all for it. Any volunteers for moderators?




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