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Just bought my house and the water heater will not turn on is there a common problem with these that I can fix my self

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Appears to be Electric water heater. There may be a heating element/s burned out if the tank was empty of water and power on
If you have an ohm meter if you get zero resistance you know its the element. (with power off) If you have good DIY skills, know electricity will kill if handled improperly, you may be able to replace element/s. If elements are ok, you may have a thermostat problem. Or there may be a high heat protective switch that has expired. It should be part of the element assembly and have wire to and from it and the element. I notice you have a 9yr. warranty. It may or may not transfer with the new owner, and it may be past it's purchase date or install date. Try to get a repair manual from MFG website, or possibly manualslib.com

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Did they turn the power off to the heater before you bought the house?
Check there first. I used to shut the power off to ours when going on vacation. Check curcuit breaker if its hydro and if its gas make sure the the gas is turned on and pilot is lit.

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