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Hot Water Heater Trouble

My hot water heater is not heating up the water. I have checked the breaker and don't have a clue as to what to do next. I also pushed the red reset button.

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  • cintheatalav Jul 29, 2008

    the water heaters is not heating up my water

  • nursel Aug 23, 2008

    No hot water. Breaker ck'd-it's OK Can't get in basement where water heater is located. Can't find keys.----what's next?

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    The green light on top is flashing. Pushing the reset button does not help.

  • parksd Feb 14, 2009

    The green light on top is flashing. Pushing the reset button does no good. I have also replaced the top element.

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There are 2 checks for the heating elements:
#1 Check the voltage to element ( Black to ground, and red to either terminal of the element.

#2 Check resistance across the element. First turn the power off to the Water Heater, remove wires from element, then measure resistance across element. A good element could read anywhere from 9 K Ohms to 13 K Ohms depending on the voltage of the element. A bad resistance reading would be an infinite reading, or 0 Ohms.

If your elements check good, you might replace the thermastat

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(1)Have the unit check for electric voltage to the element
If voltage going to the element and no heating
(2)Your heating element may be defective.
(3) Have it replace by qualified personel

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