List of Key Controls & Parts for Electric Hot Water Heaters - Inspection, Diagnosis, & Repair
ELECTRIC WATER HEATER CONTROLS - CONTENTS: Electric Water heater controls & parts: how to find and use or repair parts & controls on water heaters: start by knowing what you're looking at. How to find & identify the parts & controls on an electric water heater. No Hot water? how to get more hot water flow, quantity, performance from your water heater
Check the Sacrificial Anode & Dip Tube of Your Water Heater Tank
The dip tube on many water heaters functions as a sacrificial anode, as we show here.
By constructing the dip tube of a metal which is more readily corroded than the steel of a steel hot water tank, the anode protects the hot water tank from early failure due to corrosion.
Here Carson Dunlop's sketch shows the location of the sacrificial anode on an electric water heater.
If your water supply happens to be highly conductive or corrosive then the dip tub/sacrificial anode in the water tank may indeed corrode away until it leaks (dropping the hot water temperature) or disappears entirely.
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If your hot water smells like rotten eggs, you should definitely check the condition of the sacrificial anode on the hot water heater, no matter what kind of water tank you've got installed.
Electric Water Heater Controls Behind the Removable Cover Panels on the Heater
Additional "hidden" controls on an electric hot water heater include its thermostat, high temperature cutout
Check these other hidden controls on an electric hot water heater
Additional hidden controls on an electric hot water heater include its thermostat, high temperature cutout. We address these under-the-covers water heater controls beginning at Electric Water Heater Repair Guide.
But watch out: sometimes an electric water heater is installed as an additional or backup hot water source, so you'll also want to see if you have other hot water heating equipment installed, such as a Tankless Coil for Hot Water.
The articles at this website will answer most questions about electrical water heaters as well as many other building plumbing system inspection or defect topics.
Question: can I re-wire my water heater controls to convert from sequential to simultaneous operation?
I understand residential HW heaters are usually sequentially wired.
I want to set up my ordinary 240vac, two-heater, water heater for maximum economy. I will use a 240ac DPST NO relay as a latching relay. One pole to hold the relay in until a thermostat opnes, the other to control the HW heater power. Press a button, the relay latches and stays latched until the HW heater thermostat shuts off the controlling element.
I would like to change the HWH from sequential to simultaneous operation. What are the advantages/disadvantages to this change and are there any dangers in this change.
I agree in concept that one could perhaps change all of the electrical components on a given water heater: elements, controls, safety devices, thermostats &c. to convert from one type of water heater operation (sequential) to another (simultaneous) heater element operation, connecting the heater also to a properly wired and sized electrical circuit.
But frankly I would not take a chance on re-wiring a water heater to operate in any manner other than that specified by the manufacturer for that particular heater and model. Doing so could be unsafe. If you're admant about proceeding, start by giving the manufacturer of your heater a call, ask to speak with a technical engineer, and let us know what is her response.
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lose pressure when turning on hot water
I have pressure inthe bath tub when the cold water is running, but lose some pressure when turning on the hot water - Aaron 3/12/12
Depending on several variables, particularly water piping layout and routing, in some buildings, turning on hot water will, by taking water off of a common cold supply line, cause a drop in cold pressure. Bosch warns of this problem in their installation instructions for their low pressure tankless water heaters, products sold currently mostly out of the U. S. but also sold in that country until about 2004.
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