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How do you know if it is the element that is bad or the therm-o-

The heater is giving less hot water than before-hot water runns out quicker. it has a 4100-59T on top and a 4000-59T on the bottom. i get eletrical continuity through the whole serquit. How can i tell if it is the element or the therm-o-disc that is bad or ?

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Disconnect the electric for the unit. Disconnect the two wires from the two eliments. Place a battery type test light or Ohm meter is more conclusive if you have one, Light should light when placing the two test leads to the two eliment contacts(while they are disconnect for the water heater wiring) should be dim but glowing. If no light the the eliment is open. If an Ohm meter the Wattage is written on the heater the heater. E=IR P=IE. It should work out to about 1200 -1400 ohms if 220 volt heater. If the light is bright just as if you had put the two test leads together,then you can say that the eliment is likely shorted. Either no light or a Very bright light requires the eliment to be changed.   To check the thermostats, Raise the ajustment one one at a time, until it clicks. Listen for the heater to be heating. Turn that one back down and do the other one the same way. I hope I have been clear enough. About one gallon of water should be drained for the bottom of the tank once a year along with checking the preasure/tempature safety relief valve by  operating it ,using the leaver,for  a few moments as preventive maintenance.

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The element will start to leak if it breaks sometimes so you can tell that way. The other way it might not be heating properly is if there is to much calcium build up on the element itself.
The way to check the thermo is to check for continuity. If it is closed then it is good. Open it is bad This is of course wit the power off

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I have a Rheem Marathon 105 gal. electric hot water heater. No hot water ....


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.
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I no hot water coming out. Have power to water heater.


Electric water heater is not making hot water.

That gives 4 suspects.

1) Breaker is not delivering 240V to water heater on both legs.
Open following link for checklist troubleshoot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

2) Upper thermostat ECO reset button has tripped. Open top cover and push in reset button. Put insulation and cover back so thermostat not exposed to cooler air. If problem persists, replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) Upper element is bad. If upper element goes bad, the tank will not have any hot water, even if lower element is good.
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4) Water heater is overheating and ECO reset is tripping.
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Electric water heater is not making hot water.

That gives 4 suspects.

1) Breaker is not delivering 240V to water heater on both legs.
Open following link for checklist troubleshoot.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

2) Upper thermostat ECO reset button has tripped. Open top cover and push in reset button. Put insulation and cover back so thermostat not exposed to cooler air. If problem persists, replace both thermostats.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

3) Upper element is bad. If upper element goes bad, the tank will not have any hot water, even if lower element is good.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
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4) Water heater is overheating and ECO reset is tripping.
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If dual element water heater has some hot water, that says certain things.
-Water heater is getting 240V from breaker.
-Upper element is working
-Neither element is shorted to ground
-Factory insulation and covers are in place and thermostat not exposed to cool air.
-ECO reset is not tripped and there is not overheating event.
-Water pipes and heater are not clogged.

Here are remaining suspects:
1) Leaking faucet or TP valve is leaking hot water continuously. Check for leaks.
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2) Loose wire/ bad wire between upper and lower sections of water heater: remove covers and check for loose wire and signs of high heat and burning.
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3) Bad lower element
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

4) Sediment build up bottom of tank:
Sediment build-up causes lower part of tank to heat slowly, so upper part of tank can cool, and tank has less hot water.
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5) Bad upper or lower thermostat: Replace both thermostats for $28.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

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Suddenly no hot water: Red reset button tripped, circuit breaker tripped, bad upper element, bad thermostat, loose wire, TP valve is running hot water out of tank, leaking faucet is running hot water out of tank.

1) Check for leaks.
2) Check circuit breaker.
3) Open top cover on water heater and push in red reset button.
If reset is popped out and will not reset, replace thermostat:
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4) Test upper element:
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5) Loose wire
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Yes, the reset probably is tripped...push in the red button hard
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