Hello I’m Jerri Winslet along with kenneth ezel and we’d like to welcome you to the digital classroom brought to you by HD supply before we begin I want to tell you that if you have questions about anything we’re going to be covering here today you can ask those questions using the chat feature which is on the right hand side of your screen I just type that chat in and we’ll get to those questions after the show today after we’re done with the this section and any time during this this class you can type in those questions you don’t have to wait till the end of the show you can do that any time and we’ll get to as many as we can but how are you doing today I’m doing well how are you.
I’m doing great today we’re gonna be talking about electric water heaters we’re gonna be talking about a troubleshooting we’re also gonna be talking about you know some tips that is gonna make your job a little bit easier some time-saving tips I know your time is very important doing the kind of work that you do you know you’ve got a lot of things that’s on your plate during a day and you know getting to if you’re like working in the apartment industry where you have a lot of different apartments that that you’re responsible for you know water heaters is just one thing of you know a lot of different issues that you might run across so what we’re gonna do today is we’re gonna try to give you some tips that’s gonna make that a little bit easier for you for your day and give you some ideas that will help that water heater maybe lasts a little bit longer and you know that that will help that water heater for the for future use so let’s go ahead and get busy the first thing I want to talk about you know since we are talking about electric water heaters and you know some of you deal with a lot more than just that having the right tools for the job is a very big time saver so one of the things we want to talk about is is the right tools and this is an example of something that might be useful in the future this is a tool kit you know provided through us by HD supply but it comes with a lot of different things.
That’s going to be very handy only for water heaters but for any other issue that you might run into during the day you know because you’re gonna be dealing a lot of stuff from light bulbs to you know weather stripping yeah apartment maintenance you run into a lot of different issues you’ll get calls to go take care of several things dripping faucets the weather stripping is leaking around the door or my water heaters not working so this has several different hand tools that are great for yeah this all comes together as one piece all the tools came with it plus if you’re doing water heater work especially like gas I would probably add some open end wrenches to go along with this and maybe some pipe wrenches would be great as an added feature with this this would help out a lot and it’s a big time saver and we’re gonna we’re gonna use some of it in a moment now dealing with just the water heater now this is an electric water heater so we deal with electricity.
We have to have the right meters to diagnose that so here’s a couple of different things also this is an electrical test kit that comes with electric amp meter or excuse me a voltage meter and it also comes with a non-contact voltage tester to see if you have power or not yeah and then a plug tester to see if the plug is working properly correct so this is a whole kit that’s involved are that comes together but you do have the multimeter this is a just a typical multimeter like you’d see every day a couple of things about this made it does have a digital display it does have a pretty wide range so we can check a wide range of appliances and different things this one is a you have to manually set the scale or manually set the range
Which means you have to be pretty familiar with what you’re looking for because you always have to set it a little bit above that’s the expected reading so you have to move it around you have to be kind on top of your game door yes yes know what you’re doing when you’re dealing with that yeah what the range is and it’s hard to remember numbers so I’m usually not into that it’s hard enough to remember what something should read but gonna have to remember what scale to set it on so that that can become kind of difficult a more upscale option or a little bit fancier option yeah is it this digital meter that’s auto-ranging meaning that it automatically find the correct range so I don’t have to remember what something’s what range to set it on I just said it to voltage or I set it to resistance continuity whatever it automatically go to the correct range okay it also has a clamp on amp meter which makes a speedy if you want to check yeah.
That’s a time saver right there especially if you’ve got a lot of different water heaters in one location that you have to check you can just walk around and just tech those wires one to that element and it and if it’s given amps the the right correct amount of amps it’s working correct and one of my other favorite features using this meter is that it’s backlit because a lot of these water heaters are in dark claws there’s or different things like that and so when it’s backlit it’s easy to see it actually has a little flashlight on the top here you can kind of see it shine on my finger so it kind of lights up whatever you’re checking above it or if you need to look at something it’s all right there in the palm of your hand and these are also available HD supply just give it with your local sales rep I think we’ve put some part numbers up there for you if you’re interested in something like this this is what we recommend to work on these water heaters just go ahead and contact your sales rep and they’ll they can get that for you so okay
So what we’re gonna do now is we have the right tools now we need to go talk about the water heater now the water here that we’re gonna be discussing is a 40 gallon low boy it’s a short water heater and it’s a typical water heater that you might put in in in apartment complexes underneath like an air handler or up on a shelf it’s a it’s a water here that you see a lot some of you see a lot and it can be difficult because of the space around that water heater you may not have enough of it so you know we’re gonna go over there talk about that water heater talk about space and and talk a little bit about replacing an old water heater and putting in a new one so let’s go over there got it all right we put it on a stand because that way we can talk to you it’s a little easier for us our backs aren’t as good as they should my knees are bad you know.