Ask the Master Plumber: Scalding Hot Water

by Sherm Turner

Dear Mr. Plumber,
My electric hot water heater overheats mainly when it seems to be wet outside. The water gets scalding hot. Then it shuts off and I need to push a red reset button on it in order for it to heat water again. After doing this the problem goes away for awhile. What can I do?
Hot Under the Collar

Dear Hot,
Have an electrician check out the elements and electrical controls. Most electric hot water heaters need servicing regularly through out the years. These symptoms could be masking a very dangerous problem.

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