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Whirlpool Residential Electric Water Heater Installation Instructions And Use & Care Manual

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Installa on Instruc ons and
Use & Care Guide
Residential Electric
DO NOT RETURN THIS UNIT TO THE STORE
Read this manual and the labels on the water heater before you install,
operate, or service it. If you have diffi culty following the direc ons, or
aren't sure you can safely and properly do any of this work yourself:
• Call your Lowe's® store to have this water heater installed. Lowe's® Professional
Installa on is available for this product and the work is guaranteed.
• Schedule an appointment with a qualifi ed person to install your water heater.
• Call our Technical Assistance Hotline at 1-877-817-6750. We can help you with in-
stalla on, opera ons, troubleshoo ng, or maintenance. Before you call, write down
the model and serial number from the water heater's data plate.
Incorrect installa on, opera on, or service can damage the water heater, your house
and other property, and present risks including fi re, scalding, electric shock, and
explosion, causing serious injury or death.
Table of Contents ................................... Page
Ge ng Started ....................................................................... 6
Installa on .............................................................................. 7
Troubleshoo ng ................................................................... 17
Maintenance ........................................................................ 21
Safety Labels ......................................................................... 25
Diagrams............................................................................... 27
Repair Parts .......................................................................... 28
Keep this manual in the pocket on heater for future reference whenever maintenance, adjustment or service is required.
Water Heater
Retain your original receipt as proof of purchase.
LOW LEAD
CONTENT
323099-000
March 2012

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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Installa on Instruc ons and Use & Care Guide Residential Electric Water Heater DO NOT RETURN THIS UNIT TO THE STORE Read this manual and the labels on the water heater before you install, operate, or service it. If you have diffi culty following the direc ons, or aren’t sure you can safely and properly do any of this work yourself: •...
  • Page 2: Completed Installation Typical

    COMPLETED INSTALLATION TYPICAL Water shut off Expansion water tank line Electrical Cold junc on water line Upper Element and T&P Thermostat relief access valve ECO Reset Bu on Data (on most plate models) T&P discharge pipe Lower Element and Thermostat access Drain pan discharge...
  • Page 3: Important Safety Information

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION Read and follow all safety messages and instruc ons in Important informa on to keep this manual. Fill out this sec on and keep this manual in the pocket of the water This is the safety alert symbol. It is used to alert you to heater for reference.
  • Page 4 IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION o reduce the risk of property RISKS DURING OPERATION For informa on about changing the damage, serious injury or death, factory thermostat se ng(s), refer to Scalding Risk read and follow the precau ons below, the “Adjus ng Temperature” sec on in This water heater all labels on the water heater, and this manual (see page 15, step 10).
  • Page 5 requiring a certain water temperature and help keep any internal fi res from Maintain the T&P Relief Valve properly. at the hot water tap, then these precau- spreading. Follow the maintenance instruc ons ons are par cularly important. provided by the manufacturer of the •...
  • Page 6: Ge Ng Started

    GETTING STARTED suitable for the specifi c type of Review all of the instruc ons plas c pipe used: CPVC and PEX before you begin work. (cross-linked polyethylene). Do If you aren’t sure that you not use PVC pipe. can safely and properly do this work yourself, call your Lowe’s®...
  • Page 7: Installa On

    INSTALLATION ✓ ollow these steps for proper Water pressure installa on: increase caused by Step 1: thermal expansion Verify that you have a properly sized ✓ Verify that your Thermal Expansion Tank (fi gure 5). We recommend installing an expansion home is equipped tank if your home does not have one.
  • Page 8 INSTALLATION thermal expansion will cause large WARNING! Even if the water heater thermostat is set to a rela vely low increases in water pressure (despite temperature, hot water can scald. the use of a Pressure Reducing Valve Install Thermosta c Mixing Valves at on the home’s main water supply each point-of-use to reduce the risk of line).
  • Page 9 The loca on is not prone to Locate the water heater’s Step 2: physical damage by vehicles, circuit breaker and turn it OFF Verify that the loca on fl ooding, or other risks. (or remove the circuit’s fuses). is appropriate Before installing your water heater, On the old water heater, ensure that:...
  • Page 10 INSTALLATION tank to drain, contact a qualifi ed Disconnect the water pipes. person.) Install a suitable drain pan Many water pipes are that is piped to an adequate connected by a threaded Turn the cold water supply drain. union which can be disconnected with valve OFF.
  • Page 11 • The discharge pipe must withstand • Do not place any valve or other re- DO NOT CONNECT ELECTRICAL 250°F (121°C) without distor on. Use stric on between the tank and T&P WIRING UNTIL YOU ARE only copper or CPVC pipe. Do not Relief Valve.
  • Page 12 INSTALLATION system (or any other pre-hea ng Step 6: IF YOU HAVE COPPER system), always install a Thermosta c PIPES: Install shutoff and Mixing Valve or other temperature limi ng device in the inlet water supply tempering valves If your home has copper water line to limit water supply inlet tem- pipes, you can solder the water If one is not already installed,...
  • Page 13 Turn the cold water supply back on. Full-fl ow ball valve Heat traps installed in the inlet and outlet con- nec ons help save energy. A Pressure Reducing Valve is required if your home’s water pressure is above 80 psi. Fully open the cold water supply valve.
  • Page 14 INSTALLATION Step 9: Make electrical connec ons WARNING! Working on an ener- gized circuit can result in severe injury or death from electrical shock. NOTICE: Do not turn electrical power NOTICE: The tank must be com- on unless you are sure all of the air pletely empty of air and full of is out of the tank and the tank is The water heater’s electrical requirements can...
  • Page 15: Troubleshoo Ng

    Replace the junc on box thermostat, it is located behind the cover and secure with the lower access panel. screws provided. • Fold the insula on back in place and replace the access panels. WARNING! Be sure cover is secured to reduce the risk of fi...
  • Page 16 INSTALLATION Step 11: Opera on The water heater is now ready for normal opera on. To keep your water heater working safely and effi ciently and extend its life, perform mainte- nance according to the schedule on page 21. Vaca on To save energy, lower the temperature se ng on the thermostat(s) if you plan to be gone for an extended me.
  • Page 17: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING PROBLEM POSSIBLE CAUSE(S) CORRECTIVE ACTION See explana ons on the following pages. NO HOT WATER • No power to water heater Check for blown fuses or tripped circuit breaker. (page 18) Check for power. • Burned out upper hea ng element (Dry Fired) Replace upper hea ng element.
  • Page 18 TROUBLESHOOTING WARNING! Working near an • Locate the electrical junc on box on Check the top two screws of energized circuit can result in severe top of the water heater and remove the upper thermostat using a injury or death from electrical shock. the cover.
  • Page 19 hear a click. In that case, the upper check the water temperature at several thermostat should be checked by a faucets to make sure the problem is not Check/Reset Energy Cut Off qualifi ed person. in a faucet or shower control. (ECO) Bu on.
  • Page 20: Temperature Too High

    TROUBLESHOOTING rarely, the lower thermostat) is not (cold water side). Melted heat traps or case, the T&P Relief Valve discharge working, you will have some hot water a melted dip tube can restrict the fl ow pipe will drip. You may be able to clear but not as much as before.
  • Page 21: Maintenance

    MAINTENANCE Rou ne Maintenance • In most cases, it is easier and cheaper NOTICE: DO NOT turn electrical power to replace lime-encrusted elements back on unless the tank is completely Rou ne maintenance will help your than trying to remove heavy lime full of water.
  • Page 22 MAINTENANCE drains from the tank. Close the drain Steps for Replacing the Hea ng valve when you are done. Element: NOTICE: Do not turn power back on Turn the power OFF at the un l the tank is completely full of wa- circuit breaker or remove fuses.
  • Page 23 of water. Failure to perform this step Remove the upper or lower can cause the upper hea ng element to and check with a non-contact circuit tes- access panel on the water burn out. Once you are certain the tank ter before working on the water heater.
  • Page 24 MAINTENANCE Remove the upper or lower T&P Relief Valve Maintenance mineral deposits, or other problems access panel on the water can only be determined when a qual- Read and follow the opera ng and heater and carefully fold back ifi ed person removes and inspects annual maintenance instruc ons the insula on and plas c element/ the valve and its components.
  • Page 25: Safety Labels

    SAFETY LABELS Safety Labels The following safety labels are provided on the water heater. If these labels are damaged 1-877-817-6750 or missing, call for replacements. Residen al Electric Water Heater Use and Care Guide • 25...
  • Page 26 SAFETY LABELS 26 • Residen al Electric Water Heater Use and Care Guide...
  • Page 27: Diagrams

    DIAGRAMS Thermostat Wiring Diagram Residen al Electric Water Heater Use and Care Guide • 27...
  • Page 28: Repair Parts

    Specifi y thermostat type when ordering LOWE’S is a registered trademark of LF, LLC. ® Registered trademark/TM Trademark of Whirlpool, U.S.A. © 2012 Whirlpool Corpora on. All rights reserved. Manufactured under license by American Water Heater Company, Tennessee. Warranty provided by Manufacturer.