To replace the heating element on an electric water heater, turn off the power and water supply, then drain the water. Replace the heating element with tips from a residential construction consultant in this free video on repairing your water heater.
Hi, I'm Tyler Elliott with Elliott Remodeling, and in this segment we're going to show you how to replace a heating element on an electric water heater. When replacing the heating element on your water heater, the first and most important step is to go to your breaker box and make sure that the breaker for your water heater is turned off. The second step, of course, is to turn off the water to your water heater so that you don't drown. Thirdly, you're going to make sure that on your heating element, which you're going to install, the seal at the bottom is securely at the bottom before you tight it into your water heater. In addition to turning off your main water supply, you want to make sure that you drain your water heater before you replace any of the elements. After you've drained all the hot water out of your water heater, and the power and the water are both off, you're going to come to one of two heating elements, a top one and a bottom one. Usually, it's best to replace both at the same time. Once you've done that, you'll return to the breaker box where you've already shut off the power, turn the power back on and then turn the water back on, which you've already turned off. Again, I'm Tyler Elliott with Elliott Remodeling, and that's how you replace a heating element on an electric water heater.