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Why doesn't it produce hot water?

Replaced heating element

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The electric comes through your thermostat make sure it is turned on all the way clock wise, and then through the high limit Thermal Cut-Off .it could be either one. further testing is the only to know. also it will take 20 minutes to heat up from a cold start... make sure the tank is full of water before plugin in. it will burn your new heating element out in about 2 to 3 minutes..

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SOURCE: Water doesn't get hot enough.

Yes, they can be replaced; however, the element is not available to the public due to BUNN and UL requirements.
BUNN service: 1-800-352-2866
http://www.bunnomatic.com/RETAIL/service/faq.html#faq9

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

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