Originally Posted by Bea
Thee is no cotter key to my knowledge, just the switch. We tried turning that to on with the tank filled and nothing happens. I am thinking possibly the previous owner left it on and burned up the element according to some things I have read on here.
A couple thoughts--- you should have a circuit
breaker in your fusebox/power panel for your water heater.
This has to be ON as well as the little rocker switch that
is outside on the water heater itself.
IF both are on your next check is with a voltmeter.
Either do it yourself or have a knowledgeable friend
check that there is power to the 2 terminals on the
element itself. You may have to remove a small
protective cover to access the element connections.
The electric element is removable.
Mine screws in. It takes a huge socket but you can get
that in the plumbing dept of Home Depot or Lowes.
They are made of heavy gauge sheet metal but will do
the job. It's the same thing used to remove home
water heater elements that screw in.
Also as mentioned some here have posted that Lowes or
Home Depot have a 120 volt element that will work.
Most home water heaters are 220/240 volt but they carry
one that is 110/120 volt.