09:33PM | 02/03/07
Member Since: 02/03/07
4 lifetime posts
I have a hot water heater element that I think is bad. It is 4000W 208V. What should the resistance read? I get a reading, but it is over 1400k. This seems too high to me.


04:38AM | 02/04/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
That is very high. Should be more like 11 ohms.

Note to get a 208 v heater you will probably need to go to a supply house. Most likely home improvement stores and hardware stores will only have the 240 version.

The 240 will work, but will produce a not less heat on 208.


12:01AM | 02/05/07
Member Since: 01/21/07
23 lifetime posts
Check your element again, it should also read 4500w, 230v

I use only the best elements (sh245) A steel element that NEVER fails: available from Mc Combs supply


02:02PM | 02/06/07
Member Since: 02/03/07
4 lifetime posts
You're right. It is a 5500W 240V. I replaced it and it worked well for two days. But this morning, the fuse tripped on the thermostat. Any reason why?


01:58AM | 02/07/07
Member Since: 01/21/07
23 lifetime posts
You may have a shorted upper element. Either that or an upper thermostat problem.


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