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Water not getting hot / Kenmore Economizer 6 / Electric

I recently worked on my my A/C and had my breakers off. Upon switching them back on the water stopped getting hot. I keep flipping the breaker on and off, without results. Is there another breaker I should be checking?

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  • Thomas F. Schneider May 11, 2010

    You should check with a volt meter or test light to see if you have electricity to both legs of tyou water heater. In other words 240 volts
    between there two lines or light to ground on both lines.

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Did you check to make sure that the breaker is good on the unit? Check to make sure you are getting voltage. If not, check to make sure that the thermostat located in behind the panel on the heater is getting voltage and also sending voltage to the elements. If the elements are getting voltage but aren't heating, the element(s) is bad.

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