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How do I replace an Electric Thermostat in an Electric Water Heater?

Follow these steps to fix your issue:

  1. Shut off the electricity

    The two house circuit breakers are dedicated to the water heating system. You should wear gloves to protect your hands.

  2. Remove the heating element’s access cover

    Pull off the cover from the heating element. If you want to expose the thermostat, fold the insulation back.

  3. Remove the plastic shield

    Lift the tab at the top of the shield to release it from the thermostat. The shield needs to be removed.

  4. Remove the thermostat

    The wires to the thermostat should be loosened. The wires should be pulled out. Pull the tabs outward to release the thermostat. The thermostat needs to be removed from behind the thermostat brackets.

  5. Install the new thermostat

    Attach the wires to the new thermostat with the help of the wire diagram on the water heating system.

  6. Reinstall the plastic shield

    Remove the plastic shield from the thermostat and heating element. Wrap the insulation around the thermostat and heating element.

  7. Reinstall the access cover

    The heating element cover needs to be reinstalled.

  8. Restore power

    The circuit breakers should be flipped to ON.

Time required:

30 minutes.

You would need the following tools:

needle nose pliers, phillip screwdriver, slot screwdriver, work gloves.

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