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Old 02-28-2013, 11:18 AM   #31
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Finally the lady calls me back. She has hot water now. She had hot water two days after I was out there the last time. Hmm, what was the last thing I did before I left? OH--the thermostat was set on the lowest setting and I turned it up to 130 degrees. So now the two young ladies and the two children who live there have hot water. Well, at least the kids smiled at me while I was there.

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Old 02-28-2013, 12:35 PM   #32
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"SinCityKid"--You are absolutely correct on this. I had noticed this when doing the voltage and amp testing, then thought "well maybe the top element has heated the water and the bottom has kicked in". But it sure doesn't seem to be the case. As of today the lady told me that no one else has looked into her water heater problem. So much for her Uncle who allows her to live there for free. We talked about me coming out Thursday and I want to pull the elements so she is going to find out where to cut the water off. I also suggested me placing a cut-off valve in the incoming cold water line. It seems like every time I try to do something nice for someone (can you say "freebie"?) these type problems arise.

That's why I never do anything nice, burnt to many times. Just kiddin .
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So the answer to all that was the set point of the thermostat? WoW Thur what a story.

Thank you for making me kookier than I already am.

Go back and take a look at the last sentence on # 14.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:42 PM   #34
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Finally the lady calls me back. She has hot water now. She had hot water two days after I was out there the last time. Hmm, what was the last thing I did before I left? OH--the thermostat was set on the lowest setting and I turned it up to 130 degrees. So now the two young ladies and the two children who live there have hot water. Well, at least the kids smiled at me while I was there.
wow, reminds me when i was young and wasn't getting any sound out of the right speaker in my car. what did i do first? took apart the door panel and removed the speaker, looking for wiring problems. what was the actual problem? the right-to-left balance on the radio was turned all the way to the left.

that taught me a good lesson.
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Old 02-28-2013, 01:30 PM   #35
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Way to go, take a look at the last sentence of post #10
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Old 03-04-2013, 05:35 PM   #36
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I have run maintenance departmentd for over 30 years and some of the tricks are to jump some items. In this case I would wire around the thermostat. I know about now everyone is cringing because of the safety issues. A good electrician can do this safely. you only need to know if the elements are drawing power. taking the stat out brings it down to elements. If that still does not work then question the wiring in the water heater. I have had readings that are good until there is a load put on and then thy separate.

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