20 Most Recent Rheem 50 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC 83VR522 Questions & Answers


Protect yourself.
If water heater is tripping breaker and water heater is wet, then danger of electrocution.
Turn off power.

You do not need special element. Local home center and hardware sell generic elements.
Check side of tank for element wattage, usually 4500 Watts.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

If fiberglass insulation is wet, you need new insulation because the insulation and cover cannot be left off the heater.
If thermostat is not covered with insulation, then cooler air will cause thermostat to mis-read temperature, and tank will overheat.
Putting a wet water heater back into service is dangerous.
Manufacturers suggest replacing flooded water heater.
Local Lowes here sells new 40 gallon electric water heater for $207.
Loosen anode rod before installing.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html

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Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Nov 25, 2016


Check all wiring at water heater and possible upper thermostat is bad, and in need of replacement.

Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Jun 08, 2015


It sounds like you have a bad element, you can test them if you have an electrical meter. Turn the breaker off to the water heater take the access cover off for each element and disconnect the wires to each element, then put your meter to check for continuity and put one electrode on each screw if it beeps they are good

Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Apr 13, 2015


Yes
Voltage and wattage printed is on end of each element
If element shows 240V 4500 watt, then element Wattage at 208V is reduced to 3375 watts and will heat 16+ gallons per hour
If element is rated 208 and 4500w, then element will operate at 4500 watt and heat 20 gallons per hour
http://waterheatertimer.org/Figure-Volts-Amps-Watts-for-water-heater.html

http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Whirlpool-energy-smart-watt-rating-IMG_2600.jpg

http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

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Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Aug 12, 2014


Copy following links
Push reset button:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#reset
More causes:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#no

Add comment and give information that shows on label on side of tank

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Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Apr 20, 2013


1) Copy following link:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html#no
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Low-hot-water-pressure.html

2) One pipe on top of heater is warm??? >> breaker is ON >>> this indicates that electric water heater has hot water.
When you opened the TP valve, did hot water come out???

3) Feb 2013 >> add a comment.

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Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Feb 25, 2013


one of your elements probaly shot

Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Jan 20, 2013


It could be a thermocouple but first take the whole pilot assembly out and disassemble it. Clean it very good (compressed air is ok) especially the orifice inside the pilot horn. You may just have a weak pilot. If the flame is in good contact with the thermocouple and problem still exist, then change the thermocouple. I believe in doing the free things first.

Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Jan 18, 2013


Open following links to determine source of leak and take necessary steps to prevent water damage:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Emergency-steps-for-leaking-water-heater.html

Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Jan 12, 2013


Copy following link for step-by-step
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

You might want to test them first.
If water heater has some hot water, then upper element is good.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

If elements test good, then problem can be thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Oct 12, 2012


Look at watt rating printed on end of each element.
Elements are generic and available at hardware store.
You do not need special element. Just match the wattage, or choose less wattage, do not choose higher wattage.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

Might pick up both thermostats too.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

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Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Oct 10, 2012


Check if tank is hot.
Open drain valve at bottom of tank, and then raise TP lever at top of tank.
If water is about same temperature both top and bottom, and water temp at tap is cooler, then turn up temperature, and check for crossover and broken dip tube.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Crossover.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-adjust-water-heater-temperature.html

If water in lower part of tank is very cool compared with top, then you want to test elements, replace thermostats, and clean sediment out of tank.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

Add a comment as needed while you work on tank.

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Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Sep 23, 2012


For electric tank: Push in the reset button located on upper thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

For gas tank, then more specific information might be needed for example if unit has power vent, when was the air intake cleaned, is the pilot lit, what brand and model number etc etc..
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-gas-water-heater.html

For tankless, or solar, or hybrid electric, gas boiler, or indirect, or RV heater, etc then please include brand, and model that appears on label on side of unit.

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Rheem 50 GAL... | Answered on Sep 06, 2012

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