electric hot water heater

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by petefarms, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. petefarms

    petefarms Well-Known Member

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    no hot water sunday pm, monday replaced both elements, there is no current to the bottom element, the top element has current to it. Does this mean this 14 year old electric hot water heater heater needs to be replaced.
     
  2. Travis in Louisiana

    Travis in Louisiana Clinton, Louisiana

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    There are electric thermostate switches that switch the power from one element to the other. Only one element has power at a time. These switches are usually just held up against the tank to sense the temp. Sometimes dust or what have you builds up behind the switches. You can remove them and clean them. They are easy to replace. ALWAYS TURN OFF THE POWER BEFORE MESSING WITH THE SWITCHES, SHOCK HAZZARD. There should be a reset button on one of the switches and temperture settings on them. Set the temp the same for each switch.