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Old 10-08-2016, 08:30 PM
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We lost power due to the storm and the sump pump is not on battery backup. My ELECTRIC water heater from 2006 is sitting in about a foot of water right now. Does anyone have any thoughts on pretending nothing happened once we get power back and the basement is pumped out?
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:43 PM
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Assuming it's fresh water and the electrical is above a foot, I wouldn't worry about it. Even if the electrical went under water, I'd open it up, get it dry and start it up (again, assuming it wasn't salt water). You must make sure there's no water or moisture on the electrical.
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:47 PM
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Assuming it's fresh water and the electrical is above a foot, I wouldn't worry about it. Even if the electrical went under water, I'd open it up, get it dry and start it up (again, assuming it wasn't salt water). You must make sure there's no water or moisture on the electrical.
The water is fresh but we are not home, we are 600 miles away. My mother in law checked in on the house and told how deep the water was. I won't be able to get her to throw the breaker and I wonder when the power comes back on if it will fry.
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:55 PM
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There is a cover on the side of the water heater where the heating element is located. if the water did not get above that then no worries. If it did you can pull the cover and let it dry out for a day. Should be fine after that.
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Old 10-09-2016, 02:06 AM
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Years ago we had a small leak on one under the house and fried the thermostat just from dripping down through the insulation. I'd say you have a problem here and good luck with it.
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:02 AM
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You'll never get the water to dry out behind the insulation. The tank will rust from the outside.
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Honestly, It's 10 years old. Just replace it when you get home.
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:28 AM
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I'd be worried about a shock hazard. If the insulation around the heating element is wet, it could energize the case.

If your concern is about it leaking due to getting wet, it is reaching the end of it's service life so that could happen regardless. Having soaked insulation may not hurt it but it certainly isn't going to help. Probably a good time for a preemptive strike.
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:29 AM
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You'll never get the water to dry out behind the insulation. The tank will rust from the outside.
Sure it will dry out if it works the heat will dry out the insulation. take cover off if dry start it if its bad a breaker will trip before damage occurs. it should be fine with fresh water. But If money isn't a point 10 years old replace it.
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The thing is filled with insulation that will be soaked, as above - 10 years old, a new one is $300, just plan on replacing it sometime this month when it is convenient.

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Old 10-09-2016, 05:46 AM
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It's fine. Open the covers. As it makes heat it will dry the insulation. Tanks get condensation in cold climates all the time. Look up water heater condensation.
Take this from a former AO Smith wearer heater rep. Look up stuff on their website. hot water.com
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Water heaters have open cell foam insulation. Not fiberglass. If heat would dry it out, everybody would be heating the hulls of soaked foam boats.
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Old 10-09-2016, 07:48 AM
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replace the lower thermostat and move on
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Toss it. If you have a foot of water in your basement the least of your concerns is a $400 water heater
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Toss it. If you have a foot of water in your basement the least of your concerns is a $400 water heater
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seen it a lot , turn off power , double check that the power is in fact off , open covers , replace bottom thermostat , easy job ,two wires and $20 . Turn on and leave it open for a week or so
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Originally Posted by mfix View Post
Water heaters have open cell foam insulation. Not fiberglass. If heat would dry it out, everybody would be heating the hulls of soaked foam boats.
Really?
I guess i got short changed
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Do you like your MIL?
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Originally Posted by Kenner 23 View Post
Do you like your MIL?

Yes. He cleans and does laundry when we are sleeping. When we are awake she stays out of sight in her part of the house.
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