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Water heater keeps running

My daughters electric bill has jumped $150 the last 2 months. I've checked everything and the only thing I could find is if you put your ear on the water heater its always making a noise. Like its always running inside. Could this be the reason the bill is that much higher and how would you fix it.

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Yes it could be the cause; so could a wrong; too high setting
remove power using the house main circuit board panel then: remove the
two panels upper and, lower pull back the insulstion and, you will see:
a round plug with a hexagonal flange these are the heating elements (flanges)
and, the thermostats (brown retangular switches with a red dial; check the dial for temperature that might be too high a setting.

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