If your water is not warming effectively and you suspect a defective heating element follow these 7 steps on testing and changing it. Bad elements are common problems particularly in older water heaters that have actually been in a couple of years. This can happen to a more recent heater also. This is easily identified and changed it could require a little perseverance.
Note: It is best to have a trained plumbing professional perform these steps. Water Heater Repair Long Beach just wanted to share the process for doing with our readers.
Tools needed: Ohm/Volt meter, heating element socket, [both of which can be purchased at a hardware store], screw drivers Phillips and flat head.
Step one: Elements that decay are quickly diagnosed by very first switching off the power to the heater and then removing the access covers one at a time and examining each element individually. This will likewise deal with noisy elements, ones that have calcium accumulation. The access covers are typically on the side of the tank one on top one on the bottom. Turn water supply off and drain the tank unless one is experienced at altering aspects with a complete tank.
Step Two: After getting rid of the top access cover, eliminate the insulation that is behind it this should have been cut at the manufacturing facility. The insulation will come right out. Then raise the plastic cover to expose the element. This will be on the bottom half of the cover.
Step Three: Eliminate one wire off the element then put the meter on ohms and touch both contacts to see if it reads. If it does not read the element is most likely bad and requires changing. If it reads then continue to examine the next one. In electric water heaters there is a bottom and a top element.
Step 4: After identifying where the bad element is remove both wires making sure the power is off. Put the element socket on a ratchet and turn the element counter clockwise removing it. Some force may need to be put into this.
Step 4: Put the Gasket on the new element and hand tighten up where the old element was and turn clockwise until tight. Complete tightening up the element with the cog.
Step Five: Put the wires back on making sure they are snug.
Step Six: Fill the tank with water opening the hot water valves in our home to draw out air from the lines. Eliminate aerators on any faucets that are open and put them back on when completed. After the water is streaming in the sink or tub turn it off. Inspect for leaks after this is done.
Warning: Do not turn the power on prior to the tank is complete or another element could be damaged.
Step Seven: Turn the power back on put the insulation and covers back on. The warm water trouble will be fixed.
Don’t hesitate to contact Water Heater Repair Long Beach CA with any questions you may have.