my braford white electric water heater is not producing hot water only mildly warm

my braford white electric water heater is not producing hot water only mildly warm

by john
(vineland, nj)

Yesterday i had no hot water so i pushed the reset button and it worked. Then, today i lacked hot water again so i pushed the reset button once again and nothing happened, however the water is not completely cold it is mildly lukewarm.

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Oct 29, 2010
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Troubleshooting Bradford White electric water heater
by: Mike

According to what you have described, you might have only one heating element working. I am guessing that the lower heating element died or is not receiving the proper voltage from the thermostat. Check both elements and thermostats with the multi-meter, do they receive the power or are they operational.

Another reason might be the sediment and lime scale buildup. This is happening because our water is most of the time hard water. Either call a plumber or if you know how to take the heating elements out clean it. Use the vinegar or special products for cleaning the lime.

The water heater dip tube might be broken. It is designed to send the cold water to the bottom of the tank, but if it is broken it mixes the cold water with hot water at the top, lowering the outgoing "hot" to lukewarm water.

Bradford White is among the best water heaters, according to my experience, so there is no reason to blame the manufacturer. All these elements are subjected to failure and have to be replaced.

Hope it helped.

Oct 19, 2010
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Not surprised about warm water
by: Anonymous

I think these heaters are only good for the contractors not the clients. I'm seeing too many bad reviews. I had to keep turning the hot water handle at the kitchen sink today to keep hot water flowing.

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