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Hydra water boiler element burning out

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Replaced a burned out element with new and the new one burned out in a couple minutes.  Water was at the top of the element for sure.  Any ideas of what's up?

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  • pedmec
    pedmec Member Posts: 975
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    Element was not submerged in water or you have the wrong voltage/element
  • Wayne_W31
    Wayne_W31 Member Posts: 2
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    The water is a dark brown color.  Should it be clear?
  • pedmec
    pedmec Member Posts: 975
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    Not sure what you have. whats hydra mean? the two most common reasons for element failure are what i stated. Any heating element has to be submerged in the liquid it is trying to heat to prevent it from overheating. Turning it on before bleeding air out will do it.
    Wayne_W31
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,313
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    As @pedmec said. The element has to be fully submerged (not just "water at the top") before applying power. The other possibility is that you got a 120 volt element and tried to run it on 240 volts...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
    Larry Weingarten