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Location: La Conner, Washington
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Faster's diagnosis is most likely the problem IMO as well. You can test the heating element for a short by pulling off both wires and using a multimeter to see if there is continuity to the tank (closed circuit) I think the most likely cause of a shorted heating element is sediment that builds up on the heating element that gets thick enought to start touching the inside of the tank. You may be able to confirm that as well by screwing out the heating element and seeing how much crap as grown on it. Might be able to scrape it off and get another couple weekends out if it before the new one comes in. (at least that's what I would try)
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La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.