Hi we just moved to a new house and the first few days the water heater
was not working, so we called the plumber and he replace the heating
element because the water is leaking from it and caused a spark
tripping the circuit breaker. Then the following day the heater stop
working again we called the plumber but before he got there I pressed
the reset button and the water heater start working but the following
day it stopped again, and its been like that since. Every morning I
have to go and press the reset button to get the water heater working.
Is there anything that can be done so that I don't have to go there and
hit the reset button, the electrical company that did the wiring on the
house says it might be due to GFCI.
When it trips, check the temperature of the water and try some from
the drain. If the water is unusually hot the thermostat overheat
sensor is doing it's job. If the water in the bottom is hot it is
probably a bad bottom thermostat.
Don't do any poking around in there unless you trip the breaker.
From your description, plus assuming your water heater is similar to the one
described in the link above, I would guess that your lower thermostat is
defective, causing the water to become too hot, consequently tripping the
high limit switch.
Since I never owned an electric water heater, this may be incorrect. Please
supply more info, like what model water heater, and what reset button (a
button on the water heater, or a button on the circuit breaker??)
BTW, a short circuit caused by water rarely produced enough current to trip
a circuit breaker, unless it is a GFI breaker. And you cannot get spark from
passing electricity throught water.
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