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Randy Myers

07:33PM | 04/21/03
Member Since: 04/20/03
2 lifetime posts
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The bottom heating element went out at the begining of this year 03 I took out the old one and cleaned out all of the depoisit that had built up out the years, I put both new elements in, top and bottom (correct volt, and wattage) but have since gone through four elements, always the bottom one, and have even replaced the thermostat on the bottom, but the element keeps splitting and stops working, can anyone help. I can't see putting in much more money into old I'm already half-way to a new one. Thanks for any info.
Randy.

jimrox

02:09AM | 04/22/03
Member Since: 04/01/03
26 lifetime posts
The deposits may have built up past your elements and by "cleaning out" the deposits, you made a little hole in that layer. The water cannot get to the element fast enough to keep it submerged, it overheats, warps and splits.
Replace the heater, having it "delimed" would not be cost effective.
To extend the new tank life, drain about a gallon out of the drain valve monthly (see manufacture instructions).
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