Model #E1F40RD045V AMERICAN WATERHEATERS Water heater, Electric

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No Hot Water after 12 yrs E1F40RD045V American Waterheaters Water heater


Thanks for the inquiry and for using 
Sorry to hear of the issue you're having with the water heater, I know how frustrating that is to have occur. 

This electric hot water heater has two thermostats, one near the top of the tank and one near the bottom, and are covered by removable metal cover plates. The thermostats are pressed firmly against the bare metal wall of the hot water heaters tank.
The top thermostat has a high limit switch that will trip if the water gets too hot. When it trips it shuts off the electricity to both the upper and lower heating elements.
To reset the high limit switch there is usually a red button that you must press. When the upper limit switch trips it is often an indication that something else has gone wrong with the heater.
First remove the upper thermostat cover plate and check the high limit switch button. If it has tripped, press it to reset it.
Check for power (220volts) at the input terminals of the upper thermostat. (usually marked L1 and L2) If no power is present then check your circuit breakers or wiring to the water heater.
If there is no hot water then the upper thermostat should be applying power to the upper heating element. Check for voltage (220volts) at the upper heating element. If there is power at the heating element but the element is not getting hot then the heating element needs to be replaced.
If there is no power at the upper heating element then the upper thermostat needs to be replaced.
If you do not feel confident repairing this problem yourself, then you can have it repaired at your home by a Sears technician. Here is a link for the website: Sears Home Services .
SAFETY NOTICE: Be sure to disconnect power to the appliance before performing any repairs. If you are not comfortable with doing any voltage checks that might be recommended, please contact your local service provider for repairs. Be aware that there could be sharp edges inside the appliance that could cause cuts or other injuries to yourself or others.
I suspect the high limit on the upper thermostat has failed, which is not allowing the power to circulate to the upper and lower element. However, to be sure, you will need to test it for voltage as notated above.
Hope this helps and thanks for using We appreciate your business. 

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Jeff Wallace Sr -
Sears Technician
June 30, 2014

My hot water heater was manufactured in 2000. It once provided hot water for a family of four. Now it barely provides a shower. Does it need replacing?


High utility bills is a good reason to see what appliance is the culprit. There are so many energy savings options today in regard to hot water heaters. The savings per month may pay for the cost of a new unit. While you wait for the expert answer , you may wish to check a web link I attached to help decide if it is time for a new hot water heater. If you would like to check out some different models and prices, you can view the link to comparison shop. Hope this helps!

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Barbara H. -
August 21, 2010

Thanks! It is exactly what I have come to decide. For $328 at Home Depot I can get an energy efficient hot water heater. Or what I have, new, for $225. Whereas--all of the "water heater" specialists in my area require $90-$100 for a repair call! It is sad, I guess, that hot water heaters only last that long, in terms of filling up land-fills with garbage. BUT--in two months I can save what it appears this inefficient thing is costing me. Thanks!

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sarahahren -
August 22, 2010

When a water heater runs out of hot water sooner than it used to, it is usually caused by the dip tube being cracked or broken or the tank being coated with lime and calcium from the water.

The dip tube runs from the inlet fitting to the bottom of the tank inside the heater. This causes the incoming cold water to be at the bottom of the heater and you use most of the hot water before the cold water comes out of the heater.

When the inside of the tank coats with lime and calcium it causes the elements to not heat as efficiently and uses more electricity.

I would recommend replacing the water heater. If you go to you can compare features and prices of water heaters.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
August 23, 2010
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