Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-23-2009, 08:51 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 47
Rewards Points: 0
Share |
Default

Water Heater Problems


My water heater (Whirlpool 50 gallon model #EE2H50RD045V, 2 years old) quit working today after I did my annual draining of it. My draining procedure was as follows:

1. flip breaker off
2. turned water off
3. hooked up water hose to drain valve and opened drain valve
4. open T&P valve (no water flow.... plugged w/ solids)
5. closed T&P valve and turned water back on to pressurize tank to flush
6. flushed for 10-15 minutes
7. closed drain valve and disconnected hose
8. flipped breaker back on

After I flipped the breaker back on I checked the indicator light on top of the heater and it was not on. I waited 45 minutes to see if the heater was heating and it was not. I flipped the breaker several times and still no juice. There is a reset button on top of the heater and I've pushed it countless times and still no juice. I've also checked all the connections at the breaker and the heater and they are all good.


I then broke out my old multimeter to see if I had any juice coming from the breaker. At the heater I checked the terminal that my black wire ties into and it has 124 volts. I checked all the other terminals and they had nothing.

What's wrong? Shouldn't I have 240 volts? Do I have a bad breaker or is it something in the heater?

martyshel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 09:40 PM   #2
Electrician
 
ctsmiths's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Naugatuck, CT
Posts: 186
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Water Heater Problems


Quote:
Originally Posted by martyshel View Post
My water heater (Whirlpool 50 gallon model #EE2H50RD045V, 2 years old) quit working today after I did my annual draining of it. My draining procedure was as follows:

1. flip breaker off
2. turned water off
3. hooked up water hose to drain valve and opened drain valve
4. open T&P valve (no water flow.... plugged w/ solids)
5. closed T&P valve and turned water back on to pressurize tank to flush
6. flushed for 10-15 minutes
7. closed drain valve and disconnected hose
8. flipped breaker back on

After I flipped the breaker back on I checked the indicator light on top of the heater and it was not on. I waited 45 minutes to see if the heater was heating and it was not. I flipped the breaker several times and still no juice. There is a reset button on top of the heater and I've pushed it countless times and still no juice. I've also checked all the connections at the breaker and the heater and they are all good.


I then broke out my old multimeter to see if I had any juice coming from the breaker. At the heater I checked the terminal that my black wire ties into and it has 124 volts. I checked all the other terminals and they had nothing.

What's wrong? Shouldn't I have 240 volts? Do I have a bad breaker or is it something in the heater?
you checked black to ground? Did you check from black to white or red whatever your install has? You should see between 208 & 240v ac between two of these Black to white or red.if you dont the problems is from the breaker or any splices you may have in between the breaker and the unit.

ctsmiths is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 09:53 PM   #3
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 47
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Water Heater Problems


Yes, black to ground was 124 volts.... black to anything else was nothing. BTW, I just disconnected the wires from the breaker, removed it and gave it a couple of taps. I then reinstalled it and hooked the wires back up and the breaker will not flip to the on position. I'm pretty sure that the problem is the breaker. I've got another 30 A breaker in a subpanel that went to an old water heater that I abandoned. I think I'll rob that one and see if it works. But I have to wait until my wife's soap opera goes off because I have to kill the power to half of the house to rob it.
martyshel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-23-2009, 10:55 PM   #4
Idiot Emeritus
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Fernley, Nevada (near Reno)
Posts: 1,603
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Water Heater Problems


Be careful here, there's a good chance that the end of the breaker that goes onto the panel bus is burned up. It might be hard to remove, and if the breaker falls apart, metal pieces could possibly fall across the busses.

If the panel bus is damaged, or shows signs of heat, don't put a breaker back into that slot. It'll just burn up again. Check the breaker that shares the same bus, it's likely damaged as well.

Then again, you might be lucky, and it's just a bad breaker.

Rob
micromind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-24-2009, 12:07 AM   #5
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 47
Rewards Points: 0
Default

Water Heater Problems


It was the breaker. I put a new(old) one in and am now back in business. BTW.... the bus was fine.
martyshel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Natural Gas Water Heater Leaking from Release Valve Pipe? psumike Plumbing 6 01-14-2009 07:18 PM
Installing a Tankless Water Heater infoiam Plumbing 4 11-10-2008 09:59 PM
Tankless Hot Water Heater - One Fauset Does Not Have Hot Water? vsheetz Plumbing 1 10-28-2008 11:18 PM
Leaking Rheem 60 gal Electric Hot Water Heater aklkuno1 Plumbing 3 10-22-2008 10:13 PM
No hot water to new water heater bvsmith_1974 Plumbing 15 08-31-2008 01:57 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.