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Old 03-01-2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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I have a Rheem hot water heater. No idea on age, model number 62v-40d. Had hot water, wife did dishes and bathed the kids. Water went cold and is now cold.

Checked the breaker, no issue there. Felt the tank, cold. Hit the reset switch. Waited the 9 minutes for reset. Then waited another hour, nothing. Flipped breaker off, turned up the temp 10 degrees, hit reset, waited the 9 minutes and still nothing.

What else can I check before I call a plumber?

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Old 03-01-2011, 11:44 PM   #2
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did the reset button click when you pushed it?

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did the reset button click when you pushed it?
No it did not, I will have to try the reset again or see if it is sticking somehow. Thanks
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There is a circuit breaker in your service box, and one or two reset buttons on the thermostats behind the cover plates on your tank. check all of them then tell us what you found
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Measure voltage between various terminals and ground.

Note that an electric water heater can Catch-22 itself. When the upper part of the tank is cold, only the upper element is turned on. After the upper part of the tank gets heated the upper element goes off and the lower element comes on. If the upper element is bad, the heater sits dead with the upper element energized forever.

Was at any time recently water drained from the water heater, for example to get out sediment or to do plumbing work elsewhere in the house? If the upper element is not submerged when it is energized, it will burn out.
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No it did not, I will have to try the reset again or see if it is sticking somehow. Thanks
if the reset button didn't click, it didn't need to be reset. you're going to need to check continuity across the elements (need a multimeter for this) and check the incoming power to make sure its not a problem with the breaker.

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