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Old 06-12-2008, 02:38 AM   #1
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Default Damn Water Heater Element!

Wouldn't you know it. SWMBO's yelling at me that there's not enough hot water for her bath, so I find that an element's blown, and it's the bottom one. Now I will have to spend some of my weekend draining the whole damn tank.


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Old 06-12-2008, 02:43 AM   #2
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Don't complain, Tuesday morning I had to help my dad snake out the the plumbing after our septic tank backed up and we had sewage in our basement.

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Old 06-12-2008, 03:08 AM   #3
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That does suck!

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Old 06-12-2008, 06:49 AM   #4
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AHAHA!!! we have a boiler

Thats new.

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Old 06-12-2008, 12:41 PM   #5
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Well, to look on the bright-side of things, at least it's only the element and not the whole unit.

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Old 06-12-2008, 01:16 PM   #6
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Exactly, could have been the whole unit.

I had that happen a few years ago. The night before we were getting ready to leave on vacation, I was in the basement and heard what sounded like water spraying. Turns out the bottom of the water heater had rusted through and it had sprung a leak. Luckily Home Depot was still open so I ran there and bought a new water heater and stayed up into the wee hours of the morning putting that in. Normally I would have just shut the water off and dealt with it when we got back, but we had someone coming to cat sit and we needed to take showers before we left the next morning so it had to be fixed.

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We can't do that here in Phx without a permit. The whole job has to be inspected unless it's done by a master plumber.

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that isn't so bad really.......takes longer to drain than anything else

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We can't do that here in Phx without a permit. The whole job has to be inspected unless it's done by a master plumber.
oh eff-that.....but then again I do things without permits all the time....can we say FIRE PIT!!!!!
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I have, on one occasion, replaced the bottom element without draining. I opened the breaker, shut off the inlet to the heat, then opened a hot water valve to de-pressurize the tank (then closed it). Then it's just a matter of swapping the elements quickly. I used a heat gun to dry out the electrode area before reconnecting the power leads.

This only works if the floor drain is close by and the floor can handle flooding.

Much easier than swapping a burner on a Navy M-tube boiler while the ship is underway.

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