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Old 10-06-2013, 06:58 PM  
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As Joe D says check across both wires for 240V if you have that check across the upper element for the same. No light behind the reset button. with a cold tank the upper element comes on first until it's thermostat is meets temp then the lower element will come on. Only one element will be powered at a time.



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Old 10-07-2013, 08:23 AM  
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Sorry for the late response & the frustrations you are having.
Perhaps this link provides some insight:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html



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After discussing this with the Rheem Tech, and checking with a multi-meter, we have decided it is probably a faulty 2-pole breaker.

Since there is so much activity at the site, I am waiting until closing to change out the breaker (and two other I suspect are old). That is when I can power down the main ... as experienced as I am with electrical, I just never like working on a hot main.

Will let y'all know if this solves the problem ...

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What type of panel? What type of breaker?
Some panels if you don't put the breaker in the proper spot you get both poles on the same phase and end up with 120 volts to ground but not 240 between them.
Also make sure you have full a two pole breaker installed and not twin, mini or tandem breaker which only takes up one slot in the panel.
We still haven't heard the results of a voltage measurement between the two hots, either at the breaker or the heater.

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I thought we had already established that you were getting 120V from each leg of the 2-pole breaker?
If not, it might be that the old heater was still good.

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OK, DIY Warriors ... Here is the outcome ...

1. Checking with multimeter across the input side resulted in no voltage. However, using a tickler gave a reading of AC current present. HUH? Yes, the old induced voltage false reading!

2. Checking with a clamp meter indicated no voltage inside the WH, at the input side ... HUH?

3. Shut down the building to avoid working on a hot panel.

4. Changed out the breaker, which had been invented by Edison it was so old. Upgraded to 30A from 20A ... yes, the #10 wires would support it.

5. Powered up the building and TAH DAH! Measured 220 across the input side of the manual cut off. Engaged the entire circuit and TAH DAH! Got 220 inside the WH.

Lessons learned: (1) the AC tickler is a good tool but induced voltage can trick you. (2) believe your better diagnostic tools (multimeter and clamp meter).

Thanks for everybody kicking in on ideas ... Great team here!

Hot water for every possible need ...

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A few years ago I tryed to help a friend figure out why the oven and two burners were not working. After some head scratching we figured out the breaker was at fault and changed it, but then it would not stay on, even with the stove unplugged. Then he said well the breaker did kick off a couple of weeks earlier while the stove was not in use. The pros he brought in decided the wire was faulty and dug into walls to change it and found that when he had installled the new shelf in the garage he managed to drive a screw thru the wire and tagged the red and black. You know when in doubt use 4" screws to hold up ten pounds.

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What type of panel? What type of breaker?
Some panels if you don't put the breaker in the proper spot you get both poles on the same phase and end up with 120 volts to ground but not 240 between them.
Also make sure you have full a two pole breaker installed and not twin, mini or tandem breaker which only takes up one slot in the panel.
We still haven't heard the results of a voltage measurement between the two hots, either at the breaker or the heater.
The electrition was long gone when we turned the baseboard heaters on and one set didn't work. I was about an hour into troubleshooting with just a test light when I remmembered this post and sure enough, with Stabloc you can get both breakers on one leg. Thank you very much, saved the day.


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