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Hot water not heated as usual ?

Over the last week my hot water has not been the usual temperature. Actually it has been cold a number of times in the past week, particularly in the evenings (ie: evening shower)
There have been no adjustments made to the thermostat on the cylinder and the hot water fuse has not tripped out.
The cylinder is approx 5 years old

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  • davedixon Oct 09, 2008

    Thanks for the help. I will get an electrician in to look at it. ( Electric Hot water heater )
    Bugger though, as now I have no hot water?
    Thanks again

  • nazio Oct 19, 2008

    hi,

    ive got a rheem 101250 water heater and it suddenly stopped heating after i had a shower. this has never happend before and i really need help!

    its about 14 years old

  • JodyTheQueen Oct 24, 2008

    We just installed a Stiebel Eltron 24 heater several months ago - have had problems since with getting only lukewarm water. installer has adjusted it 3 or 4 times, and it still is not functioning properly. They are going to install a new one to see if this corrects the problem. I surely hope so!!!

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This could be one of your elements are bad and now that the weather is cooling down so is the water table. If you have a gas heater your thermostat is becoming weak and/or there is settlement on the bottom of the tank and will need to be drained while heater is off to remove settlement. The same with an elec. heater one of the thermostats could be bad and not allowing the heater to recover fully also again settlement in the tank can be a factor.

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