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We just bought a Whirlpool Electric 50 gallon water heater 2 months ago. Now, the water will stay hot for about aminute and then turn luke warm. Suggestions?

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  • pete50 Jan 06, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem with mine I bought in June for a new home. We did not move in until October so it has only been running two months. Replaced the electronic control unit with no effect. Repair guys says it is not the water heater and plumbing company says it is not their problem it is the water heater. Did you ever get yours fixed and if so can you share the solution?

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You need to be skilled to work on live electrical appliances. If you are I can continue. If not you need to call a electrician or a plumber.

Make sure both thermostats are set at the same temperature. Let me know what you find.

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