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Question DetailsAsked on 9/14/2013

Water heater keeps tripping breaker

Breaker to the water heater trips constantly. Could it be the breaker is old or the water heater is faulty? So tired of cold water in Florida.

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Old breaker, bad wiring connection causing resistive heating at breaker or water heater, corrosion product buildup built up on the water heater coils and decreasing resistance (so drawing more juice) are all possibilities - I would call an electrician to come out and check your electrical, because water heater electrical problems usually are either total short or more often, open circuit issues after the element burns out.

When you call explain the situation so he is sure to bring his high-amperage clamp-on ammeter to check the current the heater is drawing. If you could tell him the brand and amergage rating on the double breaker serving the heater it would help too, because if he has one he could bring it with him to install then, if needed.

I would not go on turning the breaker on - you might have an imminent fire hazard you are promoting by turning it back on.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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