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Element may be bad or switch depending on Make and Model of your heater. Make sure you have power to the heater first.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014

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  • willy15 Nov 27, 2014

    It sounds like you've just self diagnosed your heater and I agree. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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