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We have changed the element and is still not working.

Could it be an ignitor? The heater is working and then it's not.

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What water heater do you have? Question posted under BW 120V 6 gallon electric.
Element is found on electric water heater.
Igniter is found on gas water heater.
So now it get's confusing what water heater you have.... for example some 6 gallon RV water heaters have both electric and gas. And troubleshoot for that is different than electric water heater.
Copy following link for electric water heater troubleshoot resources:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html
Does tank have 2 elements or 1? Which element did you change... why did you change element before replacing thermostat? What symptoms were you experiencing before changing element?
Is this a new heater? Was tank full of water before power turned ON?
Add a comment and describe problem in detail.
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Basic information: Typical electric water heater operates in non-simultaneous fashion where either the upper element is ON, or the lower element is ON, or both elements are OFF, but both elements are never ON at same time.

Easiest way to increase recovery. If you have 10 gauge wire and 30 amp breaker, then install two 5500 watt elements. This will not work if you have smaller 12 gauge wire and 20 amp breaker.
Watt rating appears on side of each element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-water-heater-element.html

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Electric water heater is fully repairable unless it is rusted out.
All 2-element tanks are 240Volts.

If you have NO hot water, then suspects are 240Volt circuit supplying only 120V, reset button is tripped out on upper thermostat, bad upper thermostat, bad upper element.
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Your water heater has two 4500 watt elements so water heater is 240Volts, and water heater is rated 4500 watts. Both elements are not ON at same time, and this is called non-simultaneous operation.

The element might have been smaller in length, but it will work fine.
Why is it smaller. I don't know. Elements are different from manufacturer to manufacturer.
The 501 does not use a special element.

Local box stores and hardware stores sell elements in water heater department.

The wattage of element is printed on end of each element.
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Contact Whirlpool 1-877-817-6750

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