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Water heater problems

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newowner

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I keep having less and less hot water available. We used to be able to take two hot showers in a row, then only one, now I can barely make it through one before it's cold.

What could be wrong with it?
 

HandyMac

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Sounds like you have an electric heater. Usually when that problem happens it is caused by one of two problems. The lower heating element has stopped working due to age or sediment build up. This happens frequently in areas where the water is hard. The other reason is that the thermostat for the lower element is malfunctioning. Both require replacement.
 

newowner

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We have very hard water here. I tested the lower heating element and it had a charge. How can I tell if the lower is malfunctioning though?
 
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