How Do You Check A Waterheater Element

Discussion in 'Other Repairs' started by fish, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. fish

    fish Active Member

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    I have done this several times but for the sake of me I can't remember how I did it. How do you check to see which element is bad. We have an 80 gallon tank and we run out of hot water before we finish our shower.
     
  2. Bubbakat

    Bubbakat New Member

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    Jim Mine did the same thing and I found the elements good but the lower t-stat bad so check that to.

    Take an ohm meter and remove both wires from the element and stick the black to one screw and the red to the other and see if you have continuity. No continuity means open and bad.
     

  3. Dave L

    Dave L New Member

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    Jim, Disconnect the power, take the wires off the element, touch the leads of a continuity tester or ohm meter to the terminals if you get any reading on the ohm meter or alight on the continuity tester it is agood element.
     
  4. SpaceAce

    SpaceAce New Member

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    If both elements check out good, test the thermostats next
     
  5. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Thanks fellows, I appreciate the information, I will give them a try and let you know what I find.
     
  6. jerryb

    jerryb New Member

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    You MAY get a little bit of resistance reading on the elements, but it shouldn't be very much at all...
     
  7. cat tamer

    cat tamer New Member

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    Quite ofton the upper thermal switch is tripped and just needs to be reset.