Question about Water Heaters
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Sorry to read about your problem, I hope this helps you out.
most likely you have a defective relief valve, since you turned off a breaker, i will assume it is electric. water heater.
Their is a off chance, the the water heater is defective and getting to hot..but the thermal protection should kick in.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2011
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1) Open link below for troubleshooting leaking water heater:
TP valve leaking is probably different cause than low amount of hot water.
The reason is TP valve releases pressure when tank is very HOT, not when tank is underheated.
Raise TP lever and lower back down to see if sediment is causing valve to stick open.
Next, replace TP valve and see if that clears up leaking problem.
2) Your electric water heater has some hot water.
That says electricity is working correctly.
Tank is not overheating, and ECO reset button is not tripped.
And it says upper element is working.
If upper element is not working, then tank has no hot water.
That leaves 3 suspects:
a) Upper or lower thermostat is bad: Solution, Replace both thermostats for $28. If problem persists, then replace lower element.
b) Lower element burned out
c) Loose or shorted wire located between upper thermostat and lower part of tank.
Open tank panels and inspect for burned wire and loose screws, especially on lower element.
When finished, put insulation and covers back so thermostat not exposed to cooler air, which will cause overheated tank.
If you want to test parts before replacing anything, then take 30 minutes and do complete troubleshoot:
Buy cheap multimeter at home center.
When testing continuity or elements, rotate multimeter dial to Ohms.
When testing for voltage,, rotate multimeter dial to 240-250-277 VAC
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Posted on Jan 02, 2011
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