Water Heater Element Replacement
Water heater element replacement or replacing hot water heater
On this page you'll find a step by step guide with pictures of how to
In this water heater replacement guide we'll replace a screw type
For water heater element replacement you'll need:
1. multimeter - to check power
2. garden hose - to drain water heater
4. water heater element wrench - for screw type elements
Water heater element wrenchThis water heater element tool
will fit most domestic water
heater elements that screw
into the tank.
This element tool is just a
Replacing hot water heater element
Water heater element replacement
Turn the water heater breaker off.
Remove the top access panel, insulation, and
The pic above is of the upper element, thermostat and limit.
Check water heater power
The two wires above the red reset
Test your multimeter on a wall
Place one probe on one of the terminal
You should not get a reading (no power).If you do the wrong breaker
Important - If you place both probes on the top two screws and the
breaker is on you will read 220/240 volts. If you do not get a reading their
could still be 120 volts on the system. If one side of the breaker has failed
or a wire has burned into somewhere you will not get a reading unless one
probe is grounded to the tank.
Drain your water heater
Turn the water supply off at your
Remove the aerator from the
Removing the aerator will keep
Opening the hot side of the faucet will allow air into the tank so it
Attach a garden hose to the drain valve (see pic). Run the hose
Open the drain valve, check the hose to make sure its draining
Now is a good time to flush and clean your water heater.
Removing the old element
Upper and lower elements are
Remove the two wires from
Place the water heater element
Hold the wrench tight against
If you can't turn it, use a
If you have a flange element remove the four bolts and pull
Unscrew the element and pull
Replace electric water heater element
Slide the new element into the
Screw the element in with your
Tighten the element with the water
Install the two element wires on
Turn the drain valve off and and remove the garden hose.
Open the water supply valve and fill the tank. Let the kitchen
Open the hot side of all the faucets in the house to remove
Check the new elements closely. If they are not leaking you are
Turn the power on. You should have a full tank of hot water in
Water heater element replacement faq
Can I open the water heater relief valve to drain the tank?
Yes you can but its not recommended. The relief valve handle
Why do you recommend opening the kitchen faucet instead
of calcium deposits, rust and sediment flowing through the water
line. If a faucet stem becomes clogged the kitchen faucet is the
easiest to work on.
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