Re: Hot Water Heater Overheating?
Posted by Terry Love on December 05, 1998 at 12:13:57:
In response to Re: Hot Water Heater Overheating?

: : My questions are:
1) Why are there 2 elements and 2 thermostats? It seems like the bottom element is only on when the top is off.

On electric water heaters, they commonly have two heating elements that work in turns. First the top element heats up the top of the tank, then power goes to the lower element. If the lower element is out, only the top of the tank gets heated. If the top element isn't working, there will be no hot water. Terry

: : 2) I think I will disconnect the bottom element as a temporary solution. Any problem with this?

Replace the bottom thermostat, Terry

: : 4) The water heater is about 6 years old. I am pretty sure that this same thermostat was replaced about 4 years ago. Any ideas on why this problem would repeat?

You may want to replace the lower element at the same time. Terry

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