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Bruce T
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I just re-read your original message, and just thought of something else.
A lot of thermostats will come with removable “jumpers” on them.
(just under the screws that holds the wires in place) They are there to be modified for either single element or dual element heaters.
You could have put the wires back in the same spots as original, but there may be a “jumper” on the new thermostats that you did not remove that would direct wire an element.
Check your wire diagram again, and look to see if there is a jumper where there shouldnt be one.

You can test your elements by shutting off the power, put both leads of a continuity tester on the two posts of the element. You get continuity if the element is intact. Now leave one lead on one of the posts and touch the other lead to the metal tank. You should NOT get continuity there. If you do get cotinuity, the element has grounded itself to the tank, and needs to be replaced.
Anyway, good luck with the thing..I cant think of anything else at the moment…
(If you even still care…haha)
Peace.

» This message has been edited by Bruce T on 01 June 2002

» This message has been edited by Bruce T on 01 June 2002

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