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I have a Richmond 6G50-36F 40 gallon hot water heater. I get about 15 minutes of hot water then it goes warm. It will be hot again after a couple of hours. Any thought on hot to repair?

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The valve at the t-stat is no good, ist behind the cover at bottom of tank. drain tank to remove, make sure you shut of gas and power first.

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