Water heater issue

bottman5684December 30, 2013

Our hot water runs out very quickly all of a sudden. I worry that the hot water heater is failing. It is an electric model, about eight years old. Is there a way I can trouble-shoot the water heater before investing in a replacement? Can some other cause like a clogged pipe or something cause this issue? I did just turn off the water to my house a day or so before we noticed the issue. The water is running out quickly when showering in either the basement or the upstairs bath.

Thanks for any help or suggestions.


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I suggest you post on the plumbing forum. You'll get better responses there.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 4:34PM
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electrical heaters sometimes (if not all times) come with two heating elements, sometimes both with their own thermostats. Chances are that one of them (i guess the bottome one ) is not working. These are replaceable.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 6:01PM
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8 years is a pretty long run for any inexpensive water heater these days. Even if you can replace the element yourself, you'll still need to think about replacement soon. If you have to pay labor, there is no question that replacement makes more sense.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 6:06PM
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Thanks all for your input. I will research the heating element cost versus the full replacement. I would try to do the work myself so would save some money there. And I will also follow your advice weissman and post on the plumbing forum.

Appreciate the direction!

    Bookmark   December 30, 2013 at 6:53PM
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