Inside Of Electric Water Heater

Have you ever wanted to know what’s inside your electric water heater? Well, let Phil show you what all there is.

00:00 Follow along with a handyman
00:25 Ever wanted to know what’s inside your water heater?
01:40 Using a hammer to pull the top off
02:05 Foam insulation to try keeping the heat in
02:17 Now to get the bottom off
03:00 Cover to the second thermostat
03:30 Drain and pressure relief valve
04:00 Cutting the metal outside of the water heater
06:00 Taking the metal off
07:00 Down to the foam
09:00 Big old steel tank inside
09:28 Be an American not an American’t

Hi, I’m Phil Bridges, owner of Straight Arrow Repair. Ever want to know how a repairman fixes things? Well come with me, and I’ll show you how I solve problems. Let’s make things better together.

Have you ever been curious about what a water heater looks like on the inside? I have seen them. I’ve actually seen people make barbecue pits out of them. Other things, huh?

“Hog waters.”

Hog water’s in our water trough, so let’s take it apart. So you know what your water heater looks like? Come on over here he’s taken the quarter-inch screws out. We’re going to through that into our metal pile.

“These screws?”

Not the screws,

“You want to keep those self-tapping screws, that’s just what you needed.”

That’s what we needed, got one screw over here this is where the power came in.

“I just don’t know where to put them.”

There was a miscellaneous tub right here. Put them in there.

“That’s the tape measure box.”

Well, that’ll work fine, because it’ll hold screws. There’s a screw right here.

Watch us struggle trying to take this thing apart.

“Get a hammer.”

Hammer, pry bar. You know, or I think the pry bar is over there too. OK? This is a foam insulation that it has on it. Try to keep the heat in. We’re going to end up having to get a the bottom off same kind of thing.

The old one just had a loose insulation inside of it.

“I don’t know if we need another one of them now.”

We’ll use them up of lose them. This is the cover to the second thermostat. You got one here. Then it kicks down to this one here.

That those thermostat control, when these heat, these heating elements kick in. So this is your drain at the bottom. You unscrew that screw, turn this and it lets it out and you go to turn it back and then turn the screw down. This is your safety valve, but it’s a pressure relief valve. So if it gets too much pressure, it pops out all right.

Now, to do… What I can, we need to go over to that pressure relief valve. Yeah, there’s that insulation I was talking about I actually have electric shears. I just we’re not going to stretch it out. Do that. See if you can get the hammer on it. I can’t think this is foam right here, it’s not letting me just cut through it. Hey.

“Oh, yea of little confidence.”

I’m trying to get that confidence up. The little engine that could.

“Be American.”

Ya, American, not American’t. Well let’s take this apart. All right.

“The turtle has no shell.”

Let’s see if we can peel some of this off so they can get down to the tank.

“Try to start hammering.”

Start hammering over here.

“Seems like a big old mess to me, to clean it up.”

I know, got to get a rake now.

“I need to move the truck. Here, I need to move the truck.”

No, you don’t they can go around.

“If they can’t get around that thing they don’t need to drive.”


So there you go. You got a big steel tank like this but you can’t dent. This one started rusting up on top a lot of times. You see that. So now, you know, what does your tank water tank looks like? Incase you ever wanted to take, tear one apart, and know what it’s like. There you go.

This is Phil Bridges, if you like what you saw and think it might be helpful to somebody else, push that like button and let other people know what you and I know, and we’ll work together toward making a brighter future. By the way, we’re not Amera-Can’ts we’re Americans. See you next time.

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