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Old 02-08-2012, 05:45 AM   #1
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Hello and thanks for reading. this is my first post in this forum so hope it is in the right place and i give enough info to get some help

My water heater will not stay hot anymore, it will get hot enough to take a quick shower but then goes cold again. unless i drain the water out then i will have hot water for approx. 2 days. then back to the same old problem.
I have replaced both thermostats (thinking maybe they were just tripping off at the max heat) but to no avail. I have also checked the electric going into both elements and those readings were what i was told they were suppose to be at

so my question is if anyone knows what maybe causeing this? i would hate to spend even more money trying to fix this one just to have to go buy a new one.

thanks in advance for any answers ideas - even if its telling me to go buy a new one

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Have you flushed the mineral deposits from the bottom of the tank? There should be a hose bib for this. You may have to add an additive to break them up. I used to have terrible problems with this in California because the water was so hard and mineral rich.
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yes I have drained to clear the sediments - thats what i was referring to when i said if i drain the tank - which i have done 3 times in the past 3 weeks - and each time is the same real hot water for 2 days then back to warm
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You might need to add a scale remover to break down the deposits. Such things are acidic though so be careful. You may want to call somebody so if something goes wrong, you are not out a water heater. Not sure you can buy descalers that will do anything as a consumer.

Bad news is it was so bad in California that I went through water heaters on a fairly regular basis until I put in the on-demand ones that did leave water sitting. I still had to descale them but not so often. Worked out great with one for the end of the house for baths and another on the other end for dishwasher and washer. It was nice not to waste so much water waiting for hot water to arrive too.

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You might need to add a scale remover to break down the deposits. Such things are acidic though so be careful. You may want to call somebody so if something goes wrong, you are not out a water heater.

Bad news is it was so bad in California that I went through water heaters on a fairly regular basis until I put in the on-demand ones that did leave water sitting. I still had to descale them but not so often. Worked out great with one for the end of the house for baths and another on the other end for dishwasher and washer. It was nice not to waste so much water waiting for hot water to arrive too.
Ok thanks will try this.. If i mess it up i got the money for a new one lol
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:29 PM   #7
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One of the best things you can do for yourself, and your water heater, is a good whole house water filter. One of the good two or three stage filters can double or triple the life of your water heater, not to mention better water for washing clothes, etc.

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