How To Test Water Heater Element. Remove the water heaters access cover panel and insulation from the upper water heater element. Head to your circuit board and turn off the water heaters breaker.
Touch one probe to a screw on the element and the other probe to bare metal on the. But if there is no reading check its power source. This is the most important part of your water heater and its a good idea to check its working from time to time.
There are two probes connected to the multimeter.
Use a digital multimeter to read the water heater element. The element works on exactly the same principle as the element in your kettle. Either the element burns down or the water slowly gets cold. Move to the thermostat terminals and check if it is supplied with power.