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There was a burning smell on Friday night. On Saturday, I had no hot water. Is there are element in my heater that needs to be replaced or do I purchase a new one? I have a Reliance Electric 501.

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Yes heating element kits are about 25 dollars and the wrench for them is about 15 turn off the breaker and water to the house attach a garden hose to the bottom of the hot water heater open the valve with a screwdriver open the closest Faust and let the hot water heater to fully empty remove the 2 wire on the element then remove the element replace with new one your hot water heater should have 2 one on top and one on bottom replace the wires turn on the water wate until all the air is out before shutting off the faucet then wate an HR before checking agen for air once you are confident that there is no air turn electric back on do not turn electric on with a empty tank

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It isn't recommended to replace a heating element. It isn't cost efficient and could be dangerous.

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SOURCE: 1992 Reliance electric water heater model 501 has

Check the breaker and top thermostat and make sure they are not tripped. Move onto replacing elements if above is not the problem.
Turn water and power off to heater and attach a water hose to bottom of heater to drain down tank. May have to open hot side on a facuet to get it to drain.
Once drained remove elements with 1 1/2" found at local hardware stores. once elements removed and new ones in place. Turn water on and get the air out of the system. Once water is flowing from the hot side from all of facuet's in house.
Once all air is out now yaou are resady to turn power onto heater.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010

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SOURCE: Reliance 501 Hot Water Heating element for 30 gal tank, where to purchase

You do not need special parts.
Wattage is printed on end of each element.
Buy generic elements at hardware store.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

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leave unplugged... water will stay hot.
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No hot water from my Rheem 72-40-1, I replaced the bottom element a couple of times now in the last 4 months. I replaced the bottom element last night and for the first time opened the top cover to see...


Open following link to look at thermostat wiring
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-water-heater-thermostats.html

If you have dual element electric water heater, then that is a 240Volt water heater.
http://waterheatertimer.org/240-v-water-heater-circuit.html

If you are replacing lower element several times, are you also cleaning out the tank?
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

Are you installing same wattage element shown on label on side of tank: Should be 4500Watts.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Figure-Volts-Amps-Watts-for-water-heater.html

If upper element burns out, then tank will have no hot water:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

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Hot water runs out in 5 minutes it use to last 20minutes


Electric water heater can be repaired by homeowner.

Water heater has some hot water.
We know 3 things for sure:
- electricity is ok
- upper element is ok
- tank does not have overheating problem

Here are the suspects:
- Burned or loose wire
- Upper thermostat not working
- Lower thermostat not working
- Lower element not working

What to do:
1) Turn off power, open water heater covers and look for signs of burned or loose wire, especially on lower element. Burned wire on lower element says lower element is burned out.

2) Test lower element.
Lower elements burn out when sediment builds up inside tank.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

3) If wires are ok. And you do not want to test parts, then replace upper and lower thermostat for 25$. If problem persists, replace lower element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

4) If you want to test thermostats and elements before replacing anything:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

5) When finished, be sure to put insulation and covers back on tank so thermostats don't receive cool air and misread tank temperature. This will prevent overheating of tank that causes red reset button to trip.

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Nov 23, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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No hot water


Electric water heater can be repaired by homeowner.

Four things can cause NO hot water:
1) ECO red reset button tripped. Remove top cover on water heater, push red reset button on thermostat. Put insulation and cover back over thermostat.
2) Circuit breaker is tripped, circuit breaker bad, or wire loose in breaker box. Turn breaker on-off and listen for crackling or fizzing sound, and burned smell. Test breaker for 220Volts. Test top two screws on upper thermostat to see if water heater has electricity.
3) Bad upper thermostat. Replace upper thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
4) Bad upper element. Test upper element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

Nov 22, 2010 | Reliance WATER HEATER CO #9-40-DKRT 40GAL...

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My water is not getting hot just warm


There can be a variety of reasons.
And there can be a combination of causes.
Does your tank have 1 access door or 2?
There is a heating element and thermostat behind each door.

The one thing we know for certain is that the upper element is producing some hot water.

The problem can be the thermostat.
For example if your thermostat is bad, that can cause the symptoms you describe.
If you have 1 element, it might be covered with sediment and ready to burn out.
If you have 2 thermostats, the lower thermostat can be bad.
The lower element can also be burned out
Or there might be 2 problems combined.

If it was my heater, I would test all the parts because I know water heaters.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

You many not want to test the water heater.
In this case, you can replace both thermostats and see if that corrects the problem.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

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Nov 04, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Reset button seems to be stuck down and run out of hot water to soon


If I understand correctly, you have an electric water heater.
The water heater is dual element and has 2 access panels on water heater.
You run out of hot water quickly.
And the reset is stuck down.

First of all, if the reset button is tripped, the water heater will produce NO hot water.
The reset, or ECO (electricity cut off), is designed to cut off all power to water heater.
So if you have some hot water, then ECO reset is fine.
The thermostat may be bad, but the ECO is fine

Next in line:
If your upper element is burned out, then the water heater will not make any hot water.
So if you have some hot water, that tells us the upper element is working.

The three remaining suspects are upper thermostat, lower thermostat, lower element

Let's test the lower element.
Turn off the power.
Remove both wires from lower element.
Test across both screws with a continuity tester.

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The continuity tester has a battery and when light comes on, it says the circuit is complete.
Test1) Test across both screws on lower element with continuity tester.
If the light comes on then the element is good so far, but element has to pass one more test.
Test2) Test each screw on element to any bare metal part of water heater.
If the light does NOT come on with the second test, then element is good.
Element has to pass both tests. Light ON first test. Light OFF second test. Then element is probably good. This is not a fail-proof test but it is a good indicator.

I'm betting the lower element is burned out and you need to replace lower element. And you may need to vacuum out the sediment.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-clean-sediment-out-of-electric-water-heater.html

Now if lower element is good, then the easiest thing is to do is replace both thermostats. After replacing both thermostats, the water heater will probably work. If there is still a problem, then the lower element was not as good as the test showed, and it should be replaced also.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

If you are still having a problem, answer back and we'll give you more details.

Oct 23, 2010 | Reliance & Electric Water Heaters

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My water pipes froze thursday night so friday night when i went to bed i left the tubs hot water turned on and they thawed out about 2am i got up and turned the tub faucets off the water was hot at that...


you probibly ran the hot water tank out of hot water shut off the hot water comming out of your fausets for a few hours and check it again u could also try to reset your tank by pulling off the front cover and hitting the reset button and my last thought is sadly you burnt out your heating elements and they need to be replaced good luck man

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