BradfordWhite elec not so hot anymore

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by klimshelf, May 16, 2014.

  1. klimshelf

    klimshelf New Member

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    50 gallon electric Bradford White Model M250T6DS-INCWW. 6 mos. old in new house.

    Had it set just above HOT and the water was a too hot to hold my hands under full hot faucet. For 6 months it worked great for a nice long shower.

    A week ago the power went out for 7 hours during a snow storm and since then water is not as hot as it used to be - I can comfortably hold hands under full hot faucet.

    Don't see a reset button anywhere. Drained off two gallons from bottom of tank and saw no sediment.

    Maybe the power outage was a coincidence but the fact remains the water temp has dropped. Any ideas why?

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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    You may have a lower element out, or Thermostat that needs a reset.
    You have an upper and a lower thermostat and element.

    Also, if you never get up to full heat, I have seen that happen with hot water leaks too. The hot line was leaking in the ground, and preventing the heater from catching up.
  3. klimshelf

    klimshelf New Member

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    Thanks for your reply. I see the access door for the lower element but as shown in the photo there doesn't appear to be a reset button there.

    I found the upper access plate hidden behind the instruction manual. I raised the temp setting and pushed the reset button. Hopefully, that will do it.
    Last edited: May 16, 2014
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