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Old 06-09-2023, 07:18 AM   #1
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Water Heater Electric Mode

Just replaced the heating element in the water heater and now Iím not getting hot water. Any suggestions as to what might be the problem.

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What brand of water heater and model ?

Have you checked the 120 volt circuit breaker ?
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Just the obvious. Verify that you still have 120v power to the heater terminals, and then from the terminal to the element itself when the switch is on. If no input power, back track to the circuit breaker that feeds the 120v to the heater input terminal and make sure that is on.
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If you accidently turned on the 120 volt heater before you filled the tank, you could have burned out the new element.
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It’s a Suburban and only a little over a year old. Breakers are okay. Didn’t turn it on until hours after the new element was installed.

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The water tank is full, correct?

When you take the outside cover off, and look up from where the On/Off switch is, there are two reset buttons behind the black rubber cover. Try pressing them to reset. Also make sure that On/Off switch is on.
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As mentioned, do you have a voltmeter, if so, check for 120v at the element terminals, then check for continuity across the terminals.
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Could be a failed thermostat...
I'm guessing you replaced the element due to no hot water, so it could have been the thermostat that failed. Make sure any crimp on connectors are good and tight.
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Itís a Suburban and only a little over a year old. Breakers are okay. Didnít turn it on until hours after the new element was installed.

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A 1 year old water heater should not need a new element. I think you had a electrical problem and need to get a voltage tester. You said breaker is ok, did you try turning off and back on. Sometimes they donít look tripped.
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I'm dusting off cobwebs from years ago, but, I recall that there's 12v control power to a relay that energizes the 120v circuit. I had performed some maintenance and blew a 12v fuse (DOH!) which prevented the 120v circuit from being energized until I replaced the blown fuse.

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Just pushed the reset buttons and will double Chevy the breaker. Thanks everyone!

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Just pushed the reset buttons and will double Chevy the breaker. Thanks everyone!

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Can't wait to hear how the double Chevy works out for you .
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Well it worked, Chevy always better than Ford. Thanks to all the good suggestions we received we had hot water this AM!

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Well it worked, Chevy always better than Ford. Thanks to all the good suggestions we received we had hot water this AM!

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Just for clarification

Those reset buttons....

Left one is for the 120VAC High Temp Tstat (element circuit)
Right one is for the12VDC High Temp Tstat (propane circuit)

They TRIP at 170*F ....... after the Normal Temp Tstat has NOT opened at 130*F
*Trip on Temp.......not on voltage

So check the operation of your water heater and verify the temp is not exceeding 130*F...otherwise you need a new set of t-stats
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