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Old 08-01-2011, 08:27 PM   #1
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I think my water heater is broken because the last few days i have gotten absolutely no hot water and in any faucet or shower and the water is cold.

so yeah... its probably broken. the problem is i know absolutely nothing about water heaters and i have no idea where to start. We also have a mice problem in my house so i wouldn't be too suprised if they were the cause of it somehow. So where should i be checking for damage or problems with my water heater.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-01-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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First thing, check for power.

Is the circuit breaker tripped? Is there possibly a fused disconnect?

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Old 08-01-2011, 09:30 PM   #3
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Also, check the upper limit shut off switch. It should be a red button inside an access panel on your water heater.
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Old 08-01-2011, 10:07 PM   #4
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I tried turning on and off the circuit board that didn't help.
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:19 PM   #5
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Did you try the upper limit shut off switch?
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:21 PM   #6
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i looked for the switch but its dark in here can you guys give me a clue as to were it is.

update* so i checked out my water heater and it looks like its been leaking a lot of water in and has heavy rust damage may that be the problem, i also still cant seem to find that switch. Here are pictures of the bottom of the water heater.










yeah... things are looking pretty bad.

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Old 08-02-2011, 07:36 PM   #7
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It's under the top cover. You'll have to remove it so make sure you turn off ALL power to the water heater first. It should be a red button and usually they say "reset" on them.

After you press it, put the cover on and turn on the power.

Never mind, just saw your pictures. Looks like you need a new water heater.
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:38 AM   #8
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Turn off the incoming water to the heater immediately and get a new heater. I saw water around my water heater a couple years ago, and the leak burst within a few days and left me with 750 gallons of water in my basement.
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Old 08-03-2011, 06:23 PM   #9
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All the damage you have shown was caused by one or more water leaks. Each water leak is a potential time-bomb just waiting for you to go somewhere for a few days so the rusted metal can split just a little bit and flood you home. Do look into a replacement heater unit.

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