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I have a water heater that is at least 7 years old. It keeps tripping the breaker. I have replaced the thermostats and breaker. What could be the problem?

Post created: 2016-07-27 Type of Equipment: Water Heater Views: 22

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It is about 7 years old. It is a power miser 9. It trips the breaker randomly. I replaced the thermostats and breaker. It happened again. I replaced thermostats 6 days ago and the breaker 2 days ago.


On 2016-07-27 Gary wrote:

If your breaker continues to trip and you've already changed it, the most likely cause is a water heater element shorting out. The element should be replaced. This requires turning off the electricity to the water heater and draining the tank before replacing the element.

Some homeowners are comfortable with changing the element, but in most cases it's preferable to have a qualified tech handle this because it deals with water, which can be messy, and electricity, which can be dangerous. If you'd like to have a contractor take a look at this, we can help you find one, here.


On 2016-07-27 Duane wrote:

Thank you for your prompt reply. I took your advice and purchased 2 new elements today.Duane Pysher. I will do the change myself. I will turn of the power tonight and let it cool all night and change them tomorrow.


On 2016-07-27 Duane wrote:

Thank you for your prompt reply. I took your advice and purchased 2 new elements today.Duane Pysher. I will do the change myself. I will turn of the power tonight and let it cool all night and change them tomorrow.


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