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    • #273598
      MasterPlumbers
      Keymaster

      I have an electric water heater that is 5 years old. I normally turn it off when I am out of town. I turned it off last Friday and returned and turned it back on Wednesday. I am not getting hot water. I double-check the breaker box and have turned it on properly. Could it be that the wter heating element needs cleaning? Or could it be that I need a new themostat switch? Any tips on what steps I should take to fix this problem would be appreciated.

      Thanks,
      Jerry

    • #288111
      bungie
      Participant

      Breaker or fuse, if fuse replace the wire. sometimes it broken but doesnt appear to be. If its any more than that it might be best to get a sparky in.

    • #288112
      Jerry Peck
      Participant

      Jerry,

      The problem could be one of several things.

      1) bad breaker or fuse
      2) bad circuit
      3) top element burned out
      4) thermostat went bad

      to name a few.

      Recommend you call an electrician, if they can’t solve it, call a plumber. I suggested the electrician first as there is more for them to check.

    • #288113
      fourth year
      Participant

      You forgot the most likely one, the reset button may have popped out due any combination of bad thermostats and/or elements.

    • #288114
      bungie
      Participant

      You clever sausage you

    • #288115
      fourth year
      Participant

      I have heard of Polish sausage, Summer sausage, and Bratwurst sausage,but what is a Clever sausage?

    • #288116
      bungie
      Participant

      English expression

      “able to use the brain readily and effectively,”

    • #288117
      fourth year
      Participant

      Yep. That sounds like the way they make sausage all right.

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