Electric H20 heater, no h ot water


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Old 07-28-12, 02:00 PM
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Electric H20 heater, no h ot water

Tripped breaker, water in drain pan. Water heater about 6 years old, used by me and only me and I travel, often.


It is a generic whirlpool.....the one everyone seems to own.
 
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Old 07-28-12, 02:22 PM
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Water in the pan is not good. That means it is leaking some place. Can you find the leak?

The tripped breaker is also not a good sign, will it reset?
 
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Old 07-28-12, 04:16 PM
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Well, the first time I flipped it on, it immediately tripped again....I flipped it again, and that time it stayed on, this of course, BEFORE I noticed water in the drip pan..... I have removed all the water and am waiting to see if I can find a leak.....its been a few hours and thus far, nothing.
 
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Old 07-28-12, 05:13 PM
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It may have come from the Temperature & Pressure valve. It will open if the temp or pressure gets to high.

While you are waiting, you can open the element covers and check if they are good. All you need is an electrical meter. If you don't have one they are quite inexpensive. (about $10)
 
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Old 07-28-12, 05:41 PM
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Make sure you have the electric off when you remove the access covers to the element and t stats when you inspect

Its High Voltage under there.
 
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Old 07-29-12, 08:25 AM
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Might this be caused from using it so infrequently? Maybe once a week, twice at the most?
 
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Old 07-29-12, 10:59 AM
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Do you turn it off when your gone? Water heaters will still heat water even though nobody is using hot water, with the exception of on demand heaters.
 
 

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