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Water Heater Repair Tip

Over the winter I installed a bypass valve on the water heater to make winterizing easier. What I didn't realize when I occasionally plugged the boat in to charge the batteries was I was overheating the heater element. When I commissioned the boat - no hot water.

Thankfully I had the manual and found there is a thermal reset switch reached by unscrewing the cover for the electrical connections on the front of the water heater. hit the reset - hot water again.

I'm posting this because I've mentioned it to a couple of people who've said they wouldn't have known about the reset and would have replaced the heater.

Mine is a Seaward 6 gal. water heater, but I'd think there would be a similar thermal switch on most brands.

Just an FYI.

I've installed a switch on the line to make it easy to kill power to the heater for winter storage.
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Thanks Jim, this saved me a couple hundred bucks
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