Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Mr. Wizard

water heater

Recommended Posts

The last couple trips to the cabin the water heater has been acting up. It will have scalding hot water then after a shower it takes all night to heat back up. Is it possible only one element is bad? Is one more likely out than the other? Do the thermostats go out?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes it is possible for one element to go out or the thermostat for the element, do you happen to have off peak electric at the cabin, that might be why it takes all night to heat up. If you have a voltmeter that you can test continuity with shut the power off to the heater remove the wire form the elements and test each element if it is good the volt meter will beep telling you it is a complete circit and that the element is good. If you have to replace one or both the old one will have the voltage and kw stamped on it just replace with one rated the same and if one is bad just replace both since you will have the water and power shut off and the heater drained.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, one is more likely to go out than the other. The lower one. But as Archie said, might as well replace them both at the same time since you have it shut down and drained. I would save the upper one for a spare (assuming it's good) so you can replace the lower one the next time it goes out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If the lower one was bad, it shouldn't take "all night" to recover. That's the advantage of dual-element electric water heaters. Since it takes so long to recharge I'd be more suspect of the upper element.

I also don't think I'd agree with replacing both if only the lower one is bad. The reason is that the upper electric heater element should last a very, very, very long time. The lower units are the typical failures because of the dirt, scale, and mineral deposits that settle at the bottom of the tank and eventually bury the element. This reduces the ability of the element to dissipate the heat into the water and the element then overheats and fails. The water essentially is the heat sink for the heater.

If the upper one turns out to be the failed unit, I'd pull the lower one and clean out as much debris as possible while you have the tank drained.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you do have to replace the element or elements, take the info off of the water heater when you go to get the new ones. I had a friend of mine that was replacing elements 1-2 times a year. Turns out the element he took out and got the numbers off of was not the right one for the water heater in the first place. Got the right one now and no problems.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had the same thing happen to me and its really easy to fix.

Get the correct elements from your local hardware or home center.

Shut off water.

Turn off power to water heater.

Drain your water heater.

Take out the upper and lower elements.

Be sure to remove any scale you can from bottom of the inside of water heater I used a scraper and a shop vac.

Install new elements.

turn on water Fill water heater till it comes out overflow safety valve.

close safety valve.

turn on power.

You will have hot water in an hour.

The whole job took me about 2 hours with a trip to the hardware store.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this