Many people and even the professional plumbers in Edmonton at times are not able to figure out why the electric water heater keeps tripping the breaker. The red reset button is also known as the high limit. It is designed in a way to trip when the water in the tank becomes too hot. This way it will cut off power to the elements. The red reset button is only a manually reset thermostatic switch that is designed to shut off the power to the electric water heater once the water in the tank becomes hot. This red reset button has no other function.
What Causes The Electric Water Heater to Trip The Breaker?
Here are some different things that might be the reason why your electric water heater keeps tripping the breaker:
A Bad Thermostat
A bad thermostat will not shut off and will allow continuous heating of water even after the set temperature has been reached. The hot water tanks in Edmonton have two thermostats, an upper and lower under the access panels, as well as two elements. When the thermostat keeps sticking in the on position it will cause the element it serves to continue heating the water in the tank and so the red reset button trips in order to cut power to the electric water heater.
Loose Electrical Connection
An internal loose connection or a loose electrical connection at the place where the wires connect to the upper thermostat might generate heat caused by the high resistance that is inside the thermostat. This will cause the breaker to sense the heat of the loose connection rather than the temperature of the water tank causing the electric water heater trip.
Water Dripping on The Electrical Lines
Water dripping on the electrical lines could be a problem with the breaker or a problem with the unit’s thermostat. In this case, the thermostat needs to be replaced. Any leak that comes in contact with the electrical components can be dangerous and cause the breaker to flip. A leak can also be caused by a failing gasket. You should get the failing gasket repaired quickly by professional plumbers.
Troubleshooting Electric Water Heater That Keeps Tripping The Breaker
Repairing hot water tanks in Edmonton is relatively easy. You can do the task by yourself with basic electrical skills and knowledge. You also need to have the basic tools like a screwdriver and a basic multimeter. You will have to be careful as the electrical voltage is very high and it can cause severe injury and can also result in death.
The best way to deal with the problems associated with the hot water tanks in Edmonton is to call the professional plumbers in Edmonton. These professionals will be able to solve any problem with the electric water heater.
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