A warning, Service and maintenance (cont'd) – Maytag HE21250PC User Manual

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Service and Maintenance (cont'd)

6. Upper Element Only - Lift out the tab as shown to uncUp

the terminal cover from the high hmit. The terminal cover

can now be removed from the high limit.

7. Disconnect the two wires on the element and unscrew the

old element from the tank.

8. Clean the area around the element opening. Remove any

sediment from or around the element opening and inside

the tank.

10. A new gasket should be used in all cases to prevent a pos­

sible water leak. (See Element Gasket in the Repair Parts

Chart). Place the new element gasket on the thread side
of the cleaned or new element and screw into tank, secur­
ing tighdy using an element wrench.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

9. If you are cleaning the element you have removed, do so

by scraping or soaking in vinegar or a de-liming solution.


Replacement elements must (1) be the same volt­

age and (2) no greater wattage than listed on the
model rating plate affixed to the water heater.

14. Check element for water leaks. If leakage occurs, tighten

element or repeat steps 2 and 3, remove element and

reposition gasket. Then repeat steps 11 through 15.


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