I'm a water heater idiot

Old 06-30-13, 05:18 PM
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I'm a water heater idiot

I have a brand new trailer home. Bradford White electric water heater. For the first week I had fairly warm water. Since then, tepid at best. If you completely leave the hot water knobs alone for two or three days you might get it to lukewarm. After a month it blew the breaker in the main box. Replaced the breaker and it still does the lukewarm at best thing. I'm almost sure it's probably one or both of the elements but I'm not a master plumber or electrician. Any other ideas? Thanks for any help you might give.
Old 06-30-13, 05:21 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

It's not hard to check a hot water heater out but you'll need a volt/ohmmeter.

Do you have one and know how use it ?
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All I have is a continuity light.
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I tested both elements with a continuity tester and got no light on either one.
Old 06-30-13, 06:28 PM
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If its a brand new trailer home I am certain the heater is under warranty... Do not touch it IMO... Calll Bradford white or the builder and ask for warranty service....

There is no reason that you should need to work on this heater...... You have a minimum 6 yr parts warranty with 1 year labor......
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Typical Mobile home will have some sort of warranty through the manufacturer and or the seller/installer. Call your installer first and see what they will do for you. I'm almost sure you will get the run around and finger pointing but keep on them until you get some satisfaction.

From Bradford White site
Items Not Covered Under Warranty Include:

Dry-fired elements
Temperature adjustments
T & P valve failures/function (unless supplied with the unit by BWC)
Air shutter adjustments
No electric or gas supplied to water heater
Poor or improper venting
Not enough hot water because of sizing or overuse
Improper wiring to water heater
Diagnostic calls
Undersized gas piping to water heater
Lack of combustion air
Water odors
Noise because of minerals or sediment
Removal or replacement of anode rods
Anode consumption
Improper installation
Failure because of excessive pressure
Thermal expansion
Damage caused by flooding, exposure to weather or negligence
Old 06-30-13, 08:18 PM
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I'm wondering if after the the MH was moved into place was the water heater filled before the electric was turned on. Easy to imagine the MH was set in place. hooked up, electric and water turned on but no hot water faucets turned on to bleed the WH.

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