My electric water heater shuts off occasionally


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Old 01-31-11, 10:00 AM
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Question My electric water heater shuts off occasionally

My State "Select" water heater shuts off occasionally.
It's about 6 years old.
I can't really tell what precipitates its shut down.
When it does, I follow the manual and re-start it - by turning off the power, pressing the red, reset button, and turning the power back on.
This procedure works, until another bout of shutdown a few days, sometimes weeks later.

Is there any quick fix or quick look that I can perform before calling a professional?

Thanks.
 
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Old 01-31-11, 11:11 AM
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Is the water really hot???

A t stat is bad. Either upper or lower and the breaker is tripping because of over heating.

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Originally Posted by lawrosa
Is the water really hot???

A t stat is bad. Either upper or lower and the breaker is tripping because of over heating.

Mike NJ
Can I prevent over-heating by lowering the thermostant on the heater?
 
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Old 01-31-11, 12:26 PM
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Not if it is in runaway mode. The water will heat and heat until the breaker trips.

You did not answer if your water is really hot after the breaker trips///

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Originally Posted by lawrosa
Not if it is in runaway mode. The water will heat and heat until the breaker trips.

You did not answer if your water is really hot after the breaker trips///

Mike NJ
Sorry. No, the water is only lukewar, definitely not hot, when the breaker trips.
 
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Old 01-31-11, 02:35 PM
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Whats the serial # of the water heater and model #. You are still under warranty if less then 6 yrs and just need to pay labor. Let me know I will look it up for you.

If not we can trouble shoot if you have a multi meter and know how to use it. This is high voltage and you can be injured or killed.



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Originally Posted by lawrosa
Whats the serial # of the water heater and model #. You are still under warranty if less then 6 yrs and just need to pay labor. Let me know I will look it up for you.

If not we can trouble shoot if you have a multi meter and know how to use it. This is high voltage and you can be injured or killed.

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This house was built in '04, and we purchased it in '09. So, the heater is probably over 6 years, unless the previous owner had a replacement.

The model number is P6822ORT, and serial number M01409332.
Could you look up the warranty info for me please? Keeping my fingers crossed.

I definitely do not wish to get electrocuted. I have two little kids. :-)
 
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Depends when it was installed. Looks oringinal. It has a December of 2001 manufacture date I think but it depends on when it was installed.

https://warranty.hotwater.com/Heater...nResults.aspx?

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