Electric Water Heater

Old 01-25-14, 03:04 PM
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Electric Water Heater

We just recently replaced the heating element in out water heater and last night it was smoking, we found it was because the insulation had gotten a little wet. After letting it dry all night and part of today we put it back in and turned the breaker for the heater back on. The same electrical fire smell is back but there is no smoke and we even flipped the breaker and checked the element and nothing was different. It is definitely coming from the water heater though.
Old 01-25-14, 05:33 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Insulation should not come in contact with the electrical wiring. Did you replace wire for wire on the element? Did you fill the water heater with water and purge the air out before you turned on the breaker?
Old 01-26-14, 06:46 AM
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Are you sure that all the wire terminations are tight on the elements,there should be plastic like covers over the elements to keep the insulation away from the terminations,usually that smell is from melting wire insulation,how many elements are there on the heater?
Old 01-26-14, 08:28 AM
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It sounds like wet insulation is in contact with hot wiring terminations.

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