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I'm assuming that both new elements are working and coming on when the thermostat calls for them.
Where the water enters the hot water heater is a pipe that goes to the bottom of the tank so the cold water entering the tank doesn't mix with the hot water which is in the top of the tank where it's taken off first when you use the water. This pipe can come loose and the cold water will mix with the hot so that it seems you don't have much hot water. Remove the intake fitting and lift it up to see if the pipe is connected.
Posted on Aug 04, 2010
If the water heater will only supply a small amount of hot water then run cold the problem is a part called the dip tube.
The dip tube is long plastic tube that fits into the cold water inlet of the water heater. The purpose is to feed the incoming cold water to the bottom of the tank, because you draw the hot water off of the top. When the dip tube breaks the cold water feeds in the top as you draw off the hot, so the hot water cools off very quickly.
The dip tube is an inexpensive item that can be purchased at most plumbing supply stores. You may have to cut it to length for your heater.
Let me know if you have questions.
Posted on Aug 02, 2010
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