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We have a Reliance 501 Electric Water Heater. We get only very hot water in bathtub in one bathroom but not the other bathroom. Could the problem be the water heater?

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No, the problem is not in the water heater. It could be the plumbing pipes were installed incorrectly.

A common problem with hot water is also found in the settings of anti-scald and pressure balance tub and/shower valves. You may only need to reset the temperature control on each faucet. Every faucet brand has a slightly different adjusting system. Hopefully you can find the faucet's brand name, and then visit their website to find the owner's instruction manual for your model.

A cross connection in the water piping system is rare, but it does happen from time to time. It would allow cold water to mix with the hot. You would need a plumber or leak detection company to locate every water pipe connection in and/or under your home to confirm and correct the issue.

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My reliance 501 is leaking at both entry hoses ports and also is very hot to the touch near the electrical connection port on the top of the water heater.


Emergency steps:
Turn electric power off.
Release tank pressure by opening bathtub faucet on hot side.
Turn off water supply to heater.
You can turn water heater ON for short periods (1/2 hour) to make some hot water until repairs are made.

It sounds like runaway heating caused by shorted element, possibly caused by leaking water. But I cannot tell for certain what the problem is. Read following links and/or call plumber.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Leaking-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

Over-amping:
Look at watt rating label on side of tank.
For example 4500 watt water heater requires 30 amp breaker and 10 gauge wire.
If you have 20 amp breaker and 12 gauge wire, then change elements to max 3800 watts. Tank will heat more slowly.

You have to fix leaks, and I cannot see that problem. Call plumber or repost question with clear description of leak.

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