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Thread: I hate cold showers!

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    Default I hate cold showers!

    My electric water heater is about 7 years old, and I live in an area
    with hard water. Recently I returned from a 6 week business trip to
    find that there had been a power outage/surge at my house. Along with
    having to reset all my clocks, my water heater wasn't working either
    (although none of the breakers had been tripped). We reset it by
    pushing the shiny red button and all was well for about a day. We heard
    the heater start up and showers were hot again.

    The next day, the shower water was cold again. However, I cannot reset
    the heater again because the reset button isn't depressible - it seems
    like it's pushed all the way in and no matter how hard I try, it doesn't
    move. None of my breakers are tripped.

    Should I flip the breaker off then back on again and see if that works,
    or is it possible this is simply a heating element problem and I should
    call a plumber?

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    Master Plumber Dunbar Plumbing's Avatar
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    Apr 2005
    Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Area


    Sounds like a defective thermostat if resetting the breaker has if any results.

    If it is determined that the thermostat is defective.....replace both. They are inexpensive and eliminates the possibility of the other one failing soon after.
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    Moderator & Master Plumber hj's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Default cold water

    You could have a broken wire, a bad thermostat, a bad breaker, and in addition one or both elements could have burned out. Call a plumber if you do not have the equipment and experience to test the water heater. Do not spend money replacing things until you know exactly what has to be replaced, if you try to do it yourself.


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