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Water heater element replacement checklist

Steve Litt
Hi all,

My next door neighbor is a plumbing contractor, and after hearing about my
water taking 10 minutes to get warm, he suspected that my lower heater
element is burned out. He told me the procedure to replace the heater
elements, which are about $10.00 apiece so I might as well replace both.

The following outline is how I remember what he said, although it's possible I
misunderstood him or forgot:

[_] % Change heater elements
        [_] % Prelim
                [_] % Make sure there's room to work
                [_] % Make sure there are no leaks
                        If leaks, you need a whole new water heater
                [_] % Get 1.5" wrench to take out elements
                [_] % Get teflon tape
                [_] % Get Voltmeter
                [_] % Get hose
                [_] % Get towels and buckets
                [_] % Find drain plug
                [_] % Screw hose into drain plug, using teflon tape
        [_] % Heater element removal
                [_] % Turn off water heater circuit breaker
                [_] % Verify with voltmeter
                [_] % Turn off house water
                [_] % Open tub hot water faucet
                [_] % Drain water heater out hose to outside
                [_] % Remove electrical connections to both heater elements
                [_] % Use 1.5" wrench to remove top and bottom heater elements
        [_] % Home Depot
                [_] % Take elements to home depot
                [_] % Buy new elements
                [_] % Drive home
        [_] % Heater element insertion
                [_] % Screw in heater elements
                [_] % Connect electrical connections
                        but don't reenergize breaker
                [_] % Close water heater drain
                [_] % Turn on house water
                [_] % Observe water heater, make sure no leak
                [_] % Observe tub hot water faucet
                [_] % Wait until pure water with no air comes out
                [_] % Turn on water heater circuit breaker
        [_] % Testing
                [_] % Wait 1 hour
                [_] % Test hot water

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RE: Water heater element replacement checklist

Zdenek Sekera
> -----Original Message-----
> From: [hidden email]
> [mailto:[hidden email]] On Behalf Of Steve Litt
> Sent: 28 July 2005 05:25
> To: Vim Outliner User and Developer Mailing List
> Subject: [Vimoutliner] Water heater element replacement checklist
>
> Hi all,
>
> My next door neighbor is a plumbing contractor, and after
> hearing about my
> water taking 10 minutes to get warm, he suspected that my
> lower heater
> element is burned out. He told me the procedure to replace the heater
> elements, which are about $10.00 apiece so I might as well
> replace both.
>
> The following outline is how I remember what he said,
> although it's possible I
> misunderstood him or forgot:
>
> [_] % Change heater elements
> [_] % Prelim
> [_] % Make sure there's room to work
> [_] % Make sure there are no leaks
> If leaks, you need a whole new water heater
> [_] % Get 1.5" wrench to take out elements
> [_] % Get teflon tape
> [_] % Get Voltmeter
> [_] % Get hose
> [_] % Get towels and buckets
> [_] % Find drain plug
> [_] % Screw hose into drain plug, using teflon tape
> [_] % Heater element removal
> [_] % Turn off water heater circuit breaker
> [_] % Verify with voltmeter
> [_] % Turn off house water
> [_] % Open tub hot water faucet
> [_] % Drain water heater out hose to outside
> [_] % Remove electrical connections to both
> heater elements
> [_] % Use 1.5" wrench to remove top and bottom
> heater elements
> [_] % Home Depot
> [_] % Take elements to home depot
> [_] % Buy new elements
> [_] % Drive home
> [_] % Heater element insertion
> [_] % Screw in heater elements
> [_] % Connect electrical connections
> but don't reenergize breaker
> [_] % Close water heater drain
> [_] % Turn on house water
> [_] % Observe water heater, make sure no leak
> [_] % Observe tub hot water faucet
> [_] % Wait until pure water with no air comes out
> [_] % Turn on water heater circuit breaker
> [_] % Testing
> [_] % Wait 1 hour
> [_] % Test hot water

      [_] % Real time test, take a bath
            [_] % Estimate your body volume (YBV)
            [_] % Set auto-temp regulator to suitable
                  temperature
            [_] % Fill up the bathtub minus YBV
            [_] % Undress as much as considered useful or
                  necessary
            [_] % check again the temperature by your own hand
                  directly in the bathtub, very important
                  to prevent unexpected burning or unwanted
                  freezing!
            [_] % take a royal jump to the bathtub
            [_] % check the water level on the floor of
                  the bathroom to estimate the error on
                  measuring your YBV. Write it down for
                  next time, add a suitable percentage to
                  account for time evolution of your YBV
            [_] % stay in the bathtub long enough so you
                  can verify bathtub leaks
            [_] % if no leak after hours, declare victory
                  and get out
                  otherwise contact you're your plumber for
                  next outline

:-):-):-)!

---Zdenek

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