water heater circuit breaker keeps tripping


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Old 07-18-18, 05:41 PM
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water heater circuit breaker keeps tripping

What would cause the circuit breaker on my electric water heater to keep tripping? What is the cure?
 
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Old 07-18-18, 10:21 PM
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Could be from several reasons.....
one reason could be a shorted element and another could be a weak/defective breaker.

Does it run for a while and then shut off?
Is this something you are intending to fix yourself ?
The easiest place to start is by checking the heating elements with a ohmmeter for shorts.
 
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Old 07-23-18, 12:18 PM
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The heating elements are brand new as is the breaker. Yes it will work for a day or two and then go out. The breaker that goes out is the one on the heater, the the one in the home electrical system. Thank you.
 
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Old 07-23-18, 12:38 PM
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There is a breaker right on the water heater ?
I'm guessing that's a small 120v model. Can you post the model number ?
 
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Old 07-30-18, 12:44 PM
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The serial number for Reliance water heater is 6502olsw.

The serial number for Reliance water heater is 6502olsw. Thank you.
 
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Old 07-30-18, 05:34 PM
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You mean model number ? Couldn't find what you posted in the Reliance line.

Reliance list.... Reliance Water Heater Literature Specification Sheets
Closest I could find.... Reliance water heaters/Electric/Elec_UEF_650EOLS.pdf
If it's the one I posted..... it should be on a 2P30A circuit breaker.
 
 

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