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38xx Hot Water Tank 18 Sep 2007 04:09 #1

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I have an 1996 Seaward 11 s.s. tank. It stopped heating this weekend. Is it worth checking to see if it is the coil or should I jst replace because of the age.?

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38xx Hot Water Tank 18 Sep 2007 05:42 #2

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I assume you mean it stopped heating on the electric side.
If so then you ned to check the circuit breaker on the tank. Look where the wire connects and take the cover off. There should be a red butten there that you can reset. Make sure the power is off before you remove the cover.

If that doesn't fix it then you can replace the electric heating units.

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38xx Hot Water Tank 18 Sep 2007 09:27 #3

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Its an ordinary domestic heater element. They are inherently ignition protected so they don't have to be labeled "marine". Home Depot probably has them.

As was said, check the easy stuff first.

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38xx Hot Water Tank 18 Sep 2007 20:37 #4

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Yes it is not working on the AC side. Assuming it is not the reset button, where does one find the heating element and do you have to drain it completely first?

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38xx Hot Water Tank 18 Sep 2007 21:35 #5

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Go to Lowes or HomeDepot. you need a 1200-1500 watt 120 volt element. They will have them at about $12. Get the screw in unless your is the 4-bolt pattern. They have the t-stats too!

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38xx Hot Water Tank 19 Sep 2007 10:01 #6

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You don't have to drain it first. All the water will dump out when you pull the element. But do turn the water pump off.

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38xx Hot Water Tank 19 Sep 2007 15:41 #7

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Is the element behind the cover?

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38xx Hot Water Tank 19 Sep 2007 16:43 #8

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I just had to replace the same tank. It was a 2001 model and developed a pinhole leak in the welded seam on the bottom.

I would not recommend spending many $'s on one 11 years old.

Good Luck

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38xx Hot Water Tank 19 Sep 2007 17:45 #9

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Thanks Richard. What is the trick to removing the exhaust hose and what type of straps do use use to hold it in? Mine does not have any.

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Steve

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38xx Hot Water Tank 20 Sep 2007 03:58 #10

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Thanks for all the advise. Change out the element, $20. and it works fine now. On to the next project!

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