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Old 10-31-2007, 08:53 AM   #16
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Bear, have you done any work yet? What did you decide to do?

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The heater in the kitchen currently touches two of the walls on the back side which appear to be some type of plaster or concrete.
If your 30gal. tank is touching 2 walls already, how are you going to increase to a 40 or 50gal? My two cents say put a larger unit in the basement and open up the kitchen closet. Stands, drains, and so on, regardless, I see the basement as a much friendlier option for future necessities.

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Old 10-31-2007, 10:36 AM   #17
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marlin thanks for replying it is electric but it is brand new and it is the 2 one i have put in. it just does not get hot enough . it is set on high so can you tell me what else it could be thank
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:43 AM   #18
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Gas or electric? Brand/model? Is the thermostat ib the heater high enough?
yes we have the thermostat high enough
don't know the brand bought it from lowds
50 gal tank
this is the 2 one the first did the same thing we thought something was wrong with the tank but this is doing the same thing it just will not heat the water.
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Your first mistake is buying a water heater from Lowes. Home Depot, Lowes, and Sears have to be the worst places to buy water heaters, I'd recommend spending the extra $30 to get a real one at a plumbing supply house. It's probably too late for that now though.

Are you sure you have the electric wired correctly? Matching up colors isn't good enough, you need to actually test to be sure your hots are hots and your neutral is a neutral some bozo could have easially made the wrong wire a hot. I'd triple check that.

Your thermostat is set to the maximum correct? So that can't be it. When you run the hot water does the hot side pipe get hot or just warm? If the pipe is getting hot and you are getting warm water at the faucet your problem is somewhere else. Another thing to check for and this is just stating the obvious is I've seen DIYers accidentally tie the hot and cold sides together. Aside from that I can't think of anything else off hand. Read the directions if you haven't already and see if their is some trick to it.
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[thanks a bunch for trying to help but my husband found out his problem didn't have enough voltage comeing in so he changed to a bigger breaker and it heats great now.


quote=Marlin;70964]Your first mistake is buying a water heater from Lowes. Home Depot, Lowes, and Sears have to be the worst places to buy water heaters, I'd recommend spending the extra $30 to get a real one at a plumbing supply house. It's probably too late for that now though.

Are you sure you have the electric wired correctly? Matching up colors isn't good enough, you need to actually test to be sure your hots are hots and your neutral is a neutral some bozo could have easially made the wrong wire a hot. I'd triple check that.

Your thermostat is set to the maximum correct? So that can't be it. When you run the hot water does the hot side pipe get hot or just warm? If the pipe is getting hot and you are getting warm water at the faucet your problem is somewhere else. Another thing to check for and this is just stating the obvious is I've seen DIYers accidentally tie the hot and cold sides together. Aside from that I can't think of anything else off hand. Read the directions if you haven't already and see if their is some trick to it.[/quote]
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yes it was to late marlin but will keep that in mind next time . thanks again for all the help
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thanks a bunch for trying to help but my husband found out his problem didn't have enough voltage comeing in so he changed to a bigger breaker and it heats great now.

Changing to a bigger breaker will not increase the voltage. I would call in an electrician.
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What size breaker did you take out? What size did you put in? What size does the water heater call for? And what size wire do you have?
You typically can't up the breaker size without upping the wire size. Many a fire has been started in such a fashion. Replacing the breaker will not increase voltage or amperage available, it will increase the amperage which can be drawn before the breaker trips. If you weren't tripping the breaker something else is going on. It is possible the breaker you removed was bad.

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it will increase the amperage (not voltage) which can be drawn before the breaker trips.
I'm sure it was a typo, but just wanted to point it out so Betty isn't confused.

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