water heater not as hot as it was new.


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Old 11-09-12, 02:47 PM
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water not as hot as it was new.

Last february I installed a new kenmore power miser 6 water heater. I flush it out around every 4 months. Over the last several months I've noticed the water isn't near as hot as it used to be. Before I turn the thermostats up is there anything I need to check?.... especially before the warranty runs out
 
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Is this a gas fired or an electric water?
 
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sorry .. ... it's electric
 
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The only thing that makes any sense is if the thermostats have aged to the point where they no longer actuate at the same temperature. If you had written that it took longer to achieve the same temperature I would have several explanations.

Do you have a "tempering" valve installed that mixes a little cold water with the hot water from the tank before sending it to the system?
 
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New water heaters are set to 125F from the factory. Many homeowners say the new water heaters are not hot enough. I usually turn them up.

Give us more info, could be many things though.....
 
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I assume it has a top and bottom element. Are both elements good?
 
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Would the thermostats 'age' enough to not be accurate in only 9 months? I don't have a tempering valve. I knew from the git go that this water heater wasn't set as hot as the one it replaced but it wasn't enough of a difference to be a big deal. The recovery rate is still good. It's a 40 gallon tank with 2 elements, it replaced a 52 gallon Kenmore electric water heater. I haven't checked the elements yet but will when I pull the covers off to adjust the thermostats.
 
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IMO its under warranty and I would call for service. I would not mess with it. It should have at a minimum 1 yr parts and labor warranty and 6 yr tank.

It should cost nothing to get GE out there...But have fun getting service. GE is the worst to deal with next to Sears...IMO.
 
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It's Kenmore water heater - are they made by G.E. ? It does have 1 yr parts/labor and 6 yrs on the tank.
I intend to raise the thermostat and check the elements [probably tomorrow] but if it needs parts I'll definitely contact their warranty dept.
 
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Old 11-11-12, 05:24 AM
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It's Kenmore water heater
LOL...I could of swore I read it was a GE.....

Kenmore you go through Sears I believe. They will want your CC info and charge you $75 bucks to come out from what I remember. If they determine its a warranty issue then you will not be charged the $75.
 
 

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