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Old 10-26-2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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Well, I read thru some posts on water heaters and the answer I am looking for just isn't in any or well what I read they weren't. I could be wrong!
Anyways- I have replaced the upper and lower elements and thermostats. And still only getting luke warm water! Any ideas. Electrical work I am a total blonde too. upper Element is reading correct. And of course lower doesn't read unless upper is at full. Checked Temp and it's set at highest on both. When I switched out I marked all the wires so I knew where they went. Now what should I look at or be looking for? Would a picture work incase the wiring was messed up anyways? I am at ends with this! Would love to take a hot shower! LOL

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HI and welcome to the forum.

Sounds to ME like only one is still working. Did you open a (hot) faucet while you filled the tank?
BEFORE turning it on?

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Old 10-26-2011, 11:08 AM   #3
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Yep I burped the system before turning it on!
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How long did it take to fill? How many gallons?
Have you checked your panel for a popped breaker?

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Ok (taking deep breath) it is a whirlpool 50 gal. Took very little time to fill. Was filled yesterday around 6pm. Checked breakers and we good to go there.. I had it re wired (from breaker to tank) and new breaker put in about a month ago! Will kicking it make it work?! Because I think it would make me feel better.
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Are you as puzzled as I am?!
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Took very little time to fill.
As in.....? A couple of minutes?

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honestly i wasn't timing it so I will take a approximate guess here. About 20 minutes or so! I know that's no help I am sorry for that part!
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Oh, and feel free to kick it if you wish, it'd make ME feel better anyway!

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....and you had it turned off at the breaker until it had FINISHED filling, right?

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Yes, I had it turned off at the breaker until completely filled and made sure it was burped and I pushed the reset button also.. Oh, if it was hidden camera day I'd win millions for cursing and kicking the dang water heater! lol Bad part is I think it's winning this fight!
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You kicked it? Well there you go then, you BROKE it.
Seriously though, this is an unusual one. It still seems one element is not working, or a thermostat is toasted or something. If the top element is ok, then you'd have hot water for a very short time, right guys?

Chime in any old time you guys......

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Yea Chime in people! This mom is getting really sick of heating up water to give kids baths! LOL So, ok so is there the possibility that I could have bought a crapped out thermostat and/or element? I did take pictures of the wiring! Could a wire be bad? they look fine by the outside! Um, what other nonsense question could I ask! hmmmm Oh yea if I broke it by kickin it how do we fix it then? HA HA HA
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The water heater or your toe?
If it were me, I'd start over. Cut the power, drain the tank, pull the elements, test for continuity, go from there. Of course, I could be way off base too, but since all the plumbing guys are sleeping today.....

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As DM said, turn the power off, and check the elements for continuity, but you do not need to drain the heater or remove the elements to do so; again, POWER OFF, remove the wires on the individual elements, and check across those terminals.

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