Temperature And Pressure; Draining And Flushing; Heating Element Replacement; Maintenance Of Your Water Heater - Whirlpool 121802 Installation Instructions And Use & Care Manual

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Temperature and Pressure

Relief Valve
Explosion Hazard
If the temperature and pressure relief valve
is dripping or leaking, have a qualified
person replace it.
Examples of a qualified person include:
licensed plumbers, authorized gas company
personnel, and authorized service
Do not plug valve.
Do not remove valve.
Failure to follow these instructions can
result in death or explosion.
Manually operate the temperature and pressure relief valve
at least once a year to make sure it is working properly.
To prevent water
Figure 12
damage, the valve
must be properly
connected to a
discharge line which
terminates at an
adequate drain.
Standing clear of the
outlet (discharged
water may be
hot), slowly lift and
Discharge line to drain
release the lever
handle on the
temperature and pressure relief valve to allow the valve to
operate freely and return to its closed position. If the valve
fails to completely reset and continues to release water,
immediately disconnect the electrical power, close the cold
water inlet valve and call a qualifi ed person.
Temperature and Pressure
Relief Valve
Manual Relief

Draining and Flushing

The water heater should be drained if being shut down
during freezing temperatures. It is recommended that the
tank be drained, and fl ushed every 6 months to remove
sediment which may buildup during operation. To drain the
tank perform the following steps:
1. Disconnect the electrical power to the water heater.
Open a hot water faucet until water is no longer hot.
3. Close the cold water inlet valve and open a hot water
4. Connect a hose to the drain valve and terminate it to an
adequate drain.
5. Open the water heater drain valve and the nearest
hot water faucet. Allow all the water to drain from the
tank. Flush the tank with water as needed to remove
6. Close the drain valve and completely refill the water
heater tank.
7. Reconnect electrical power to the water heater.
If the water heater is going to be shut down for an extended
period, the drain valve should be left open.

Heating Element Replacement

Disconnect power before
Replace all parts and panels
before operating.
Failure to do so can result in
death or electrical shock.
Replacement heating elements must be of the same style
and voltage/wattage rating as the ones presently in the
water heater. This information can be found on the fl ange
or terminal block of the element or on the water heater data
1. Disconnect the electrical power to the water heater.
2. Drain the water heater as directed in the "Draining
and Flushing" section.
3. Remove the access cover(s). Fold up the insulation
from the heater element(s). Remove the plastic
thermostat cover from the thermostat(s) making sure to
disengage the attachment point from the thermostat.
4. Disconnect the electrical wires from the heating
element(s) by loosening the screws (Figure 13).
Remove the screw-in element(s) by turning the
element(s) counterclockwise with a 1-1/2 inch socket
wrench. Remove the existing gasket(s).
Electric Shock Hazard

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