The Tank › not keeping water hot
- February 16, 2010 at 10:20 pm #12910cindy2Participant
the water heater is not keeping the water hot. I can flip the breaker off, then back on and the water heats up but does not keep the water hot. Would this be the heating elements or does it have a thermostat that might need replacing? I just noticed this because I turn the breaker off when I leave the house and then back on when I come home. the tank is about 10 yrs old. Also, is turning the breaker off a bad thing to do?February 16, 2010 at 10:49 pm #12911Randy SchuylerKeymaster
It won’t hurt anything to flip the breaker off and on. As to the rest, if you know how to use an ohm meter, you could use the Tanklets link at the top of The Tank index, view Electric Water Heater Issues, and use the troubleshooting guide there to test the elements and thermostats.
If you don’t know any of that, then you really should get a plumber out to do the testing since electric water heaters are dangerous and you could easily kill yourself messing with one.
Randy SchuylerFebruary 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm #12912cindy2Participant
Thank you. Guess I’ll be calling a plumber. Darn it. I don’t know anything about that meter.February 17, 2010 at 3:05 am #12916Larry WeingartenParticipant
Hello: Electricity is elusive for some plumbers also. A good handyman will cost less and know how to use a meter. Just possibly a handy neighbor with a meter would check for free! There are instructions here in Tanklets, for how and what to check.
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