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Marathon too hot water

I have an 8 year old Marathon MR50245 hot water heater that overheats water. Replaced both upper and lower thermostats and both are set on lowest setting. Yesterday water temp was almost 150. Today is just below 140. Any suggestions?

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Posted on May 08, 2010

SOURCE: Did Ohms check on elements and both upper and

1) All 2-element tanks are 240 volts.
I replace both thermostats
Be sure to put insulation and covers back when finished so thermostats not exposed to cool air that will cause temperature misread.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

2) How thermostats work
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-water-heater-thermostat-works.html

3) You have multimeter, so you're right there.
Take 30 minutes and do complete water heater troubleshoot.
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Posted on Jan 15, 2011

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It's probably bad upper or lower thermostat.
BUT... new element could also be shorted.
OR ... original tank is rated 1500 watt elements look at label on side of tank.
I always replace both thermostats to save time.
Lower thermostat costs $10 at Lowes.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

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Posted on Jan 17, 2011

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The top element should be heating if there is 240 volts across the element terminals. I take it that the top element is the booster element. The thermostat for the top element is normally a 2 pole thermostat which switches the neutral to the bottom thermostat once it reaches temperature. Once this occurs then the bottom element will start to heat. The top element will only come on when you use all the hot water. Is this supply on the off-peak rate? When testing always check the voltage across the element terminals.

Posted on Mar 21, 2011

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I cant get the water temp below 125 and I need to for our day care. I have the lower thermostat set to 110 and it still is 125 to 130 degrees. Is there something else I need to do. There is a upper...


You have marathon water heater?
Thermostat is probably bad. Has gone out of calibration.
Replace both upper and lower thermostats for $25 from local hardware store, takes about 20 minutes, turn off power, take photo of wires before starting. These thermostats can be adjusted all the way down to 90 degrees, and then dial up a bit to reach 110.
Copy following link for instructions how to replace thermostat yourself.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

If problem continues, then replace both elements.
Elements are special order made specifically for marathon.
Requires 1-7/8" socket to remove elements.
Upper 3800 watt, order part SP610130
Lower 3800 watt, order part SP210197
http://hometips.me/Mar/Rheem-Marathon-parts-2.pdf
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

More information about Marathon:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Review-Rheem-Marathon-water-heater.html

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Copy following link for Rheem marathon parts and resources:
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Not getting 240 volts to lower element- have replaced lower element and both thermostats. get 120 on each leg to ground but no 240


If your top element is bad the the lower element will never turn on be cause the top element completes the 240 circuit. It is like a resister in a circuit. Make sure top element measures out at 13 ohms.

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How do I wire around upper heating element until I can get an other one to replace it?


Question posted under marathon electric water heater.
Marathon is 240Volt dual element non-simultaneous water heater.
Non-simultaneous means that upper part of tank has to reach temperature before power is sent to lower thermostat and element. So if upper element is bad, then water heater has no hot water.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Replace-anode-rod.html#audibleBW

1) You need to by-pass upper element without by-passing upper thermostat.
2) You should never by-pass upper thermostat because it has ECO-reset protection.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-water-heater-thermostats-work.html

3) Open following link for image of wiring:
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Marathon-wiring-700.jpg
4) Take photo of your wiring in case color code is different on your specific model

5) Look at upper thermostat.
Remove yellow wire from terminal 2 on upper thermostat, and cap off temporarily.
Remove red wire from terminal 4 on upper thermostat, and move it to terminal 2 on upper thermostat.
6) For more effective operation, look at lower thermostat.
Remove black wire from lower thermostat terminal 1 and move wire to terminal 2 on lower thermostat.

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Sep 03, 2011 | Rheem MR105245 Marathon Electric Water...

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No hot water, checked ohms on both heat elements,top is 13.8 bottom is 13.4. i have 122volts to both elements and i played around with the heat adjustment on both top and bottom. over time could rusty well...


Marathon elements are specific to that water heater and can be ordered online, but generally are not at the local hardware.
Good to keep a couple spares around.
Marathon is 240Volt water heater.
Thermostats turn off one leg of the 240Volt circuit, so elements and themostats will always test for 120volts.
You removed wires off elements and tested each for continuity and tests showed elements to be good.
Test top two screws of upper thermostat and make sure you are getting 240V to the water heater.

If water heater has some hot water, then that says water heater is getting 240V, upper element is good, and remaining suspects are bad thermostats, bad lower element, or sediment build-up, or combination.

Open following link for troubleshoot run-down:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

Water well.
If you have sediment build-up that reaches lower element, then water does not circulate around the element and water heater no longer heats very fast or accurately. If sediment is the problem, sooner or later the lower element will burn out.
Doesn't hurt to flush out the tank now and then, and vacuum out the sediment if that is problem.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

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Check 240 circuit breaker.
Open top cover on water heater and push in ECO red reset button.
If reset button will not reset, then replace thermostat.
If reset is not tripped out, then either upper thermostat is bad, upper element is bad, or water heater might be getting 120V instead of 240V.
If you have some hot water, then best suspect is lower element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

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May 26, 2011 | Rheem MR105245 Marathon Electric Water...

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Enough hot water for 1 bath. Replaced upper and lower elements and replaced both thermostats. could it be a sedament problem? heater is 5 years old. I never ran out of hot water before now.


You have 240Volt Marathon water heater.
These heaters have element burn-out problems.
http://www.thetankatwaterheaterrescue.com/forums/forum3/

Yes sediment can cause decreased amount of hot water when water cannot circulate around lower element, and sediment can cause lower element to burn out.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

Following list is overview of tank troubleshoot:

If you have some hot water, then that says several things:
-Upper element is working.
-Electricity from circuit breaker to upper thermostat is good.
-ECO reset button is not tripped.
-You do not have overheating event.
-Access doors and insulation are in place and thermostat not exposed to cool temperature that causes overheating.

That leaves following suspects:
1) Check if TP valve is stuck open, or pipe cracked, or faucet leaking and running hot water down a drain.

2) Upper or lower thermostat is bad.

3) Lower element is bad -and- maybe tank has built-up sediment
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html

4) Loose wire. Open covers and inspect. Tighten screws very tight against copper wire.

5) Bad wire between upper and lower sections of tank.

6) Do complete 30 minute troubleshoot before replacing any parts.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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My water heater wont heat up


You posted under Marathon electric heater.
If you have tankless or tank-type gas heater, information below does not apply.

Absence of hot water say upper element is not working.
1) This can be caused by tripped reset button located on upper thermostat. Open upper cover and push in reset button. Put ear against tank to hear bubbly fizzing sound. Put insulation and cover back over thermostat. Continue reading information below because reset button trips when thermostats are bad or element is shorted.
2) Upper thermostat is bad. Replace upper thermostat. I usually replace both upper and lower thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
3) Electricity going to water heater from breaker box is interrupted.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html
4) Upper element is bad. Test element. Replace element if needed.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
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