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My name is ***** ***** and I have a Whirlpool Model

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Customer: My name is ***** ***** and I have a Whirlpool Model #EE3Z50RD055V water heater with a diagnostic code blinking 5 times to check the lower element. I drained the tank and replaced the lower element and it worked for a few more weeks and now I'm getting the same error code. The directions say to reset the water heater but my controller does not have a reset button just a temperature control and mode control. What next??
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

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You reset the unit by cycling the power off (turn the breaker in the electrical panel off) for a minute or so then back on again.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have recycled this off and on via the power button and after replacing the lower element the unit ran for about two weeks before getting the 5 code error message again. Is this a board problem??
Expert:  Rick replied 1 year ago.

It sounds like a problem with the board. It's unlikely you'd have another similar problem so soon with a new element. You might want to test the lower element before replacing the board just in case. Turn the power off remove the leads to the element then test for continuity across the 2 terminals (yo should have continuity) and from each terminal (separately) to the bare tank (should not have continuity). If the element checks out then the board is the likely culprit