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Lower hot water element burns out

Electric bill has doubled

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  • Dale Koehn
    Dale Koehn May 11, 2010

    what type of unit is this ? water heater ? furnace ?

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Assuming that this is a water heater I will suggest that the unit is filled with sludge(mineral deposits etc) in the bottom of the tank. This will commonly cause element failures. Try flushing the system and installing a new element. Good luck!

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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on Mar 28, 2010 | Heaters

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No hot Water after electric power surge.Califont not supplying hot water.


I would recommend you check your circut breaker frst. It should be in the on position. Reset it if it's off. If you still don't have hot water water contact a licened repair technician. The heating element may be burnt out.

May 23, 2011 | Heaters

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Smell of electrical burning.. no more heat in house!


First of all keep this in mind.
You will need to locate the wires that got hot. If you can't or if your not sure, I suggest that you call a service company. If they ok the unit and it catches on fire after wards, their insurances will cover you unit and or home if god forbid it burns. This is to be on the safe side.
Now, this is where I would look. Your element should be on it's on circuit. There should be a disconnect within reach of the air handler. Some are fused and some are not. The wires that got hot enough for you to smell them should show signs of being hot like the plastic will be melted around the wire. You said that the heater was running. Was this the first time you have used it this year? If so, are you sure it was not the dust burning off the elements? They will smell like something burning when you first turn them on each year. Although if your sure you smelled wires getting hot, please continue looking for just that. Keep in mind that the elements have 220 volts coming to them. It comes into the unit and go to a switch or relay. From there the power goes to the elements and then to a neutral. These are the wires you will need to pay the most attention to. Good luck.

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Here is a diagram of the way a normal electric hot water heater with two elements that run non-simultaneous will be wired. This means that only one element at a time will be working and have power going to it. The top element will heat water until it is heated to your set point and then it will switch the power to the lower element to heat the bottom of the tank. This gives you some hot water quickly, and then heats the rest of the tank.


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on Mar 27, 2010 | Heaters

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I replaced the lower element last night and had hot water. Tonight I went to use the hot water and it was only slightly warm. Did the top element burn out or did it burn the thermostat out or did it burn...


remove both elements and check continuity of both units,sometimes also the thermostat can go bad from age,also make sure you have 240volts from main panel in house,if you lose 1 leg i.e. 120 volts the heater wont work properly without 240volts

Apr 20, 2009 | Heaters

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Does not put out enought heat


Hi this is tech crazy

the solution and reason to the problem mentioned by you is as follows:

As cold water comes in, it remains at the bottom of the tank because it is denser than hot water. If you use the hot water faster than the heating elements can heat the incoming cold water, and if you consume all of the hot water that the tank holds, you run out of hot water in the middle of your shower. If this seems to happen too often, it could mean that the bottom heating element in an electric water heater has burned out or that your water heater is too small for your house. Or it could mean that you are taking really, really long showers.

Hope this helps u a lot

Please do rate me on the above said solution

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Electric Hydronic Baseboard Heater Under Electrical Recepticle


Hello,
I believe you interpretation of the code is a bit skewed in that the fundamental concern is to not route power cords over a heat source which might cause the insulation on that wire to exceed its rated operating temp and fail. The heaters themselves have shrowds over them so there are no exposed surfaces hot enough to melt wire insulation and when you think about it ..2000 watts disipated over a long baseboard section is not that hot. If I were you, I would go ahead and install them and not worry about the warning.. The warning also removes any liability from the heater manufacturer in the event something happens.. Common sense would dictate that you wouldn't intentionally drape power cords all over the heaters... Just use common sense and not worry about it..
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Lowe's Item Number: 140389


Assuming you have waited a couple hours and the water is still not getting hot there are too many different reasons that the tank might not be heating. Is it Gas or Electric? Is the burner on? Is the thermostat set to turn on, or set to a higher temperature? if you open the water valve at the bottom of the tank, check to see if the water is warm, cold, or hot. (POSSIBLE BURN HAZZARD BE CAREFUL so dont put your hand under the valve and open it, have it pour into a container, and then touch the water with a stick, and then touch it to your hand or some other safe way like that)
Check the simple things 1st, like if its Gas, that the gas valve was turned on, or if its electric, then then electric was turned back on etc.
More info would be needed to help you further.
Good luck

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