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No hot water

No power to bottom element, element checks out ok(resistance)

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Have you checked the bottom thermostat for power coming to it and out of it. The thermostat may be bad, that would be the first thing to check. Also check the wires coming out of top thermostat to lower one for power it could be the top not suppling the power.

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this is a pretty common mistake. you will need to check the upper element to make sure its working.
most water heaters have an upper and lower themostat. the upper thermostat is the one we need to check.

use your volt meter...

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