Over the past few months, I have been receiving a lot of phone calls about water heater issues. Fortunately, few of them have been the catastrophe call, when I go out and find a completely flooded basement! Most of the calls have been somewhere between, No Hot Water & Not Enough Hot Water. In almost all cases, these issues probably could have been prevented.
Most water heaters are fairly simple, especially electric water heaters. Electricity is fed through a set of wires, usually called Romex, down on the top of the heater. It is distributed to two thermostats and heating elements, one on the top and one on the bottom. When the water starts getting colder, the thermostat allows the elements to kick on and heat it ba