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Guy Roan wrote:

Ask him to go back and check again to see if the switch is turned off.
All it takes is for the switch to be off for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out and that is the noise he would have heard
I am guessing like a few others have said that the element is burned out

Guy


All it takes is for the switch to be off for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out

did you mean "all it takes is for the switch to be 'on' for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out?"

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Is it trying to fire up on gas?


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bguy wrote:

Is it trying to fire up on gas?


That was an initial thought but I'm not sure why it would be trying to fire up at all. Nothing would be triggering it as it's turned off. Unless I'm misunderstanding how the HWH operates.

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bguy wrote:

Is it trying to fire up on gas?


That was an initial thought but I'm not sure why it would be trying to fire up at all. Nothing would be triggering it as it's turned off. Unless I'm misunderstanding how the HWH operates.

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jaycoman89 wrote:

Guy Roan wrote:

Ask him to go back and check again to see if the switch is turned off.
All it takes is for the switch to be off for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out and that is the noise he would have heard
I am guessing like a few others have said that the element is burned out

Guy


All it takes is for the switch to be off for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out

did you mean "all it takes is for the switch to be 'on' for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out?"


Oops, my bad ! (another senior moment)
I'll go back and change it

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Guy Roan wrote:

jaycoman89 wrote:

Guy Roan wrote:

Ask him to go back and check again to see if the switch is turned off.
All it takes is for the switch to be off for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out and that is the noise he would have heard
I am guessing like a few others have said that the element is burned out

Guy


All it takes is for the switch to be off for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out

did you mean "all it takes is for the switch to be 'on' for a second or two with no water and the element will burn out?"


Oops, my bad ! (another senior moment)
I'll go back and change it

Guy


Haha no worries. Was hoping it was a typo for my sake!

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It could be that the gas switch was always off, but the electric switch was on. Or he has mice.

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