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Need to change the thermostat on my Rheem Fury model #81V52DC. The water doesn't seem to be hot enough.

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Hi, you have 2 heating elements on the face of your water heater. One should have a reset button on it. See if it has tripped. On the elements you will find the dial to adjust the temperature. These elements are 240 volts so be careful! I believe the top element has the adjustment on it to turn the temperature up. Check both to see if they look ok. You can turn off the breaker before you remove the covers to the elements. You shouldn't need to replace them, just turn them up. Keep me posted.
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Yes well if thats the normal cause... also use a meter and check the resistance of the Element to see if it is NOT open circuit. Be Careful.

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D) Water heater has some hot water.
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That gives us 3 solid suspects.
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