We have a Rheem Warrior gas water heater, Model# 71-40D B. Our hot water fluctuates over periods of minutes. I can start a shower in the morning, have hot water for 5 minutes then it goes cold. Minutes later my partner can start a shower and have hot water for 10 minutes before it goes cold. There is no rhyme or reason to the lengthy of time the water will stay hot or how many minutes it takes to send hot water again. There are no other faucets drawing hot water during these times. Is there a place I can start looking to address this problem? I'm not sure whare to start. Thanks!
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You need to first determine if the burners light or not.
As long as the unit wasn't run with a dry tank the unit should not have been affected by continuous water running, unless it got hot enough to damage the thermocoupler which is an easy replacement. That is the part that your pilot/ignitor warms so that the gas valve will open the gas line to the burners.
Check the relief valve,drain and element's,water lines to make sure that they are not the source of the leak. If the tank is leaking you may be able to fix it for now.
The tank depending on condition of the tank if it is pretty sound. Clean up the area of the hole with sand paper. Go to any hardware store and get a JB Weld two part kit. JB Weld will fix almost anything . You can go to www.jbweldit.com for more information about this product. I wish you well and hope this will fix it for you.
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sounds like the element is burned out....probably got turned on before it was completely full of water. You can get a kit that has new elements and upper and lower thermostat in it. Those are the only things that can go wrong with an electric water heater....other then leaks.