I wanted to replace the element in a hot water heater that is located within a closet that is not much bigger than the heater itself. I shut off the water, opened a nearby hot water faucet, then put a hose on the drain spigot and turned it on. The problem is that I cannot get water out. There is water in the tank, but it will not drain through the spigot on the bottom.
Add to this, when I unscrewed the bottom wire on the thermostat the wire dropped off because evidently it was not attached at the other end. The problem here is that the heater is turned so far to the right within the closet that I cannot even get my head in there to see where the wire was attached on the other end. Also, where the wire is attached is not within the access panel, but down in the heater where it is difficult to reach. I had hoped that if I was able to get the heater drained that I could rotate it enough to see inside. Perhaps the problem with the water not heating was simply that the thermostat was not properly connected and not a failure of the element.
Am I at call a plumber time? It sucks that this heater has so little access to it since it is in a closet. Thanks in advance for any help or ideas.