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Old 01-01-2019, 10:02 PM   #1
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So I have have notice that my water only gets warm on electric so I replaced the electric heading element worked for a day and now I'm back to warm its -9 outside at night and 20s during the day any suggestions? I'm reading 120v at heading element but cant tell when it turns off maybe thermostat? My understanding is that there is 2 in line 1 for electric 1 for LP?
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Old 01-02-2019, 05:08 AM   #2
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There's 2 - a 12 volt & a 120 volt, both under the black cover with the resets.
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Old 01-03-2019, 02:17 AM   #3
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Well every time I empty the tank to try something new it work fine then few hrs later back to warm cold..
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It doesn't run on electricric or gas? If not it may be the control board.
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Runs on both. 130F on LP and probably 65F on electric if that
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Sounds like the 120 volt thermostat. Remove the black reset cover & check that the wires haven't shorted against the tank. Mine had this happen, the cover rubbed the wire against the tank & fried the thermostat, I trimmed the cover about a 1/4" & bent the metal lip over a bit, replaced t stat & has worked ever since.
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I think that is a solid answer. I'm going to check tomorrow for exposed wires got my new thermostat on order and added a new on off switch seem a little corroded and getting a new cover for thermostat the 120v side witch I believe is the one on the left had a small hole on the rubber part. I will comment back when this parts arrive.
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Sounds like the 120 volt thermostat. Remove the black reset cover & check that the wires haven't shorted against the tank. Mine had this happen, the cover rubbed the wire against the tank & fried the thermostat, I trimmed the cover about a 1/4" & bent the metal lip over a bit, replaced t stat & has worked ever since.

I had that happen in the 2cd year of ownership. Replaced thermostat and it has worked fine for 5 years.
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I had that happen in the 2cd year of ownership. Replaced thermostat and it has worked fine for 5 years.
What's ironic Guy is that we were traveling from Florida to Arizona with Roland & Laurie, fellow RW owners, & the same morning we both had no hot water& both had shorted the t stat wires against the tank.
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How far from Thermostat did the wire short out?
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