Electric water heater--driving me nuts!

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Electric water heater--driving me nuts!

I have 4 year old, 40-gallon, electric water heater at a cottage that I rent. The cottage get used about 5 months a year. The house draws its water from a beach/crock well 30 feet from Lake Huron.

My problem..The heater works perfect if it is in active use: say, 4 showers during a 4 hour period, etc. However, it appears that if it is not in active use for any extended period of time, say, overnight, the water heater does something (???) to trip the circuit breaker. This, naturally, shuts down the unit and one wakes up to an unexpected very cold shower in the morning.

To remedy the situation, I merely reset the breakers and, after a 1 hour wait, will have hot water again, only to do the same thing if the unit is not used heavily during the next hours.
Also, the unit does make noise inside the tank once the juice is turned back on.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
 
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This question might be better addressed in the "Electrical" forum. There might be an electrical safety issue here!
 
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thanks

did post there as well..still if anyone might have a solution, please post

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I see your other posting, it is in "Electric Appliances". You should really put it in the "Electrical" forum. All the Electricians hang out there.

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thanks again


my bad
 
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Old 10-03-03, 04:24 PM
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You didn't say if you did ring out both the elements. just sounds like the bottom element is shot. So when you first turn it on the top one comes on and makes hot water. After your done and it get hot the bottom one turns on Ill bet that thats is when it pops the breaker. Put a new element in the bottom and it will work fine ED
 
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Old 10-04-03, 04:33 AM
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Cool

You either have a bad element or a bad thermostat.
When I have to replace one, I always replace both the top and bottom elements or both tstats.
You can do a Search above for the how-to, or just come back and ask.
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