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How Much Would It Cost To Fix The Heating Element In A Water Heater?

Have a brand new water heater put in, and apparently we turned the power on before the tank was filled completely. How much would it cost to have it replaced in my area? Paducah KY. The water heater is a 50 gallon I believe.

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  1. Comment by Bandett
    September 9, 2009 @ 10:08 pm

    you are so lucky, what you did happens all the time–just go home depot, take your old one with you, so you get the right one. 10 to 15 dollars. look at your heater , turn of the power to it. ,,turn off the water supply to it ,,open a hot water faucet to relieve the pressure in the tank,,,disconnect the wires to the heat element,,,,unscrew the element, and there you have it. you can choose what wattage of element to replace it with.—- you will a place for the water to drain into.——————————— NEW NEW NEW NEW to answer your detail ,,yes it is very easy, no trade secrets ,, just be sure to put any washer on the replacement if it comes with one..they are standardized so easy to get the right one… the only difficulty you might have is,,the one in there now my be a bit stubborn to turn because its been in there for a while. but comes out just like any other screw, turncounter clock wise. ————( just for laughs) I ve done the same thing twice, not a new one, but empty water heaters. when you take it out youll see why its not working…with out water it melts.

  2. Comment by AAAAAGAA
    September 10, 2009 @ 2:19 am

    First, check to see if the circuit breaker has tripped on the heater first. It sholud be a red button behind one of the panels. Make sure the heater is full, and then push the button and stuck your ear on the tank. You should be able to hear the heating element hissing. If this is not your problem, turn off the heater from the breaker, open the panel where the heating element is located, drain out the heater past the element, unscrew the element from the tank, look at the wattage of the element (it should be printed on the front of the heater,) go to a harware store, match the wattage and thread size, and put the new one in, fill the tank, turn on the switch.

  3. Comment by Hijratul Q
    September 10, 2009 @ 7:16 am

    Some types of water heaters may come with their elements bolted in, thus eliminating the need for a wrench, but these are extremely rare in water heaters built for mobile homes. Pick up a new heating element with the same size and wattage of your old one at the same time as you buy the wrench. A new heating element should only cost around $15 or so.
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  4. Comment by tholeede
    September 10, 2009 @ 10:36 am

    120.00 if a plumber does it,less than 50 if you do it yourself

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