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From your description, that's what it sounded like to me. Once that "railing", which is called buss, is annealed from overheating, it looses it's conductive properties, and needs to be replaced. This would probably mean replacing the entire panel. Have a qualified electrician inspect it, if the metal is still in decent shape, it can possibly be cleaned, although the breaker will certainly have to be replaced.
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tysteel wrote:

Sounds like a bad connection between the bus and the breaker. You'll likely need a new breaker, and quite possibly a new panel as well if the bus is too badly burnt up. I wouldn't wait on it, that sort of thing is asking for a fire. The power company will likely have to come out and pull the meter for that repair..
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4500W / 240V = 18.75A
Should be OK on a 20A circuit, no? The 80% rule applies only to continuous loads, defined as "maximum current expected to continue for three hours or more." Shouldn't an electric water heater be able to reach temp in much less than three hours?
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Doug Miller wrote:

Not if you leave the water running.
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Water heaters are treated separately. Branch circuits must be 125% of the nameplate rating. Nec 422.13
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On Sun, 25 Nov 2007 13:29:17 -0800 (PST), tysteel

Many jurisdictions prohibit this; make sure yours allows it, else you will have serious legal problems. Obey your lease, and sue the landlord in small claims court to recover these costs.
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KLS wrote:

It's okay if the landlord agrees. And he'd be foolish not to.
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Agreed, but the tenant needs to get this agreement in writing, else he's foolish not to.
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