Instructions for installation (cont'd), Filling the water heater, A caution – Maytag HE21250PC User Manual
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Instructions for Installation (cont'd)
Filling the Water Heater
To fill the water heater with water:
1. Close the water heater drain valve by turning the handle to
the right (clockwise). The drain valve is on the lower front
of the water heater.
2. Open the cold water supply valve to the water heater.
NOTE: The cold water supply valve must be left open
when the water heater is in use.
3. To insure complete filling of the tank, allow air to exit by
opening the nearest hot water faucet. Allow water to run
until a constant flow is obtained. This will let air out of the
water heater and the piping.
Never use this water heater unless it is completely
full of water. To prevent damage to the tank and
heating element, the tank must be filled with
water. Water must flow from the hot water faucet
before turning "ON" power.
4. Check aU new water piping for leaks. Repair as needed.
Converting the Lower
These instructions only cover the conversion of the convert
ible element, read this entire manual before attempting to
install or operate the water heater. The water heater is factory
set to operate at 3800 watts. The lower element can be con
verted to operate at 5500 watts. Refer to “The Convertible
Lower Element” section.
The Upper Element is a conventional 3800 watt element
which only operates at its rated wattage on 240 volts, (See rat
ing plate on water heater).
The Lower Element of the water heater can be converted
from operation at 3800 watts to 5500 watts on a 240 volt sys
If after reading these instructions and this manual, if you do
not understand any portion, call Maytag Customer Service at
1-800-788-8899 for an authorized servicer.
Before making the conversion to 5500 watts, check
the (1) power supply...must be 240 volts, (2)
wiring...10 gauge AWG @ Type TW, 60°C or equiva
lent, and (3) Circuit breakers or fusing...capable of
30 amp loading. Also, the installation must conform
with this manual, local codes and electric utility
rules. Failure to comply can result in DEATH, SERI
OUS BODILY INJURY, OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
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NOTE: Whether or not the element conversion is made the
model rating plate must be marked. Using a hard point ink
pen, check the appropriate block vnthin the model rating
plate, which is located adjacent to the lower access panel.
Necessary element conversion parts are located in a small bag
contained within the large plastic manual envelope attached
to the side of the water heater.