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How to Repair a Water Heater Tripping Circuit Breaker


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Summary: Electrical Circuits Question: Hi Dave i have a hosrstmann economy 7 quartz water heater and every time i switch it on the whole house trips,is there anything i should be checking or should i call in an electrician? I'm concerned that i may be wasting his time if it might be something straight forward,your advice would be much appreciated.


Why a Water Heater may be Tripping the Main Circuit Breaker


Why a Water Heater may be Tripping the Main Circuit Breaker

Hi Dave, I have a hosrstmann economy 7 quartz water heater.

Every time I switch it on the whole house trips. Is there anything I should be checking or should I call in an electrician?

I'm concerned that i may be wasting his time if it might be something straight forward,your advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks- Garry M.



Hi Garry - Great Electrical Repair Question!
It sounds like you may have a defective water heater. The water heater may have a direct short which is tripping the fault protection for your home I would return it and try another one. Make sure your existing circuit has enough capacity for the additional load.
Dave Rongey


Do-it-yourself electrical circuits projects can be rewarding, but please be careful! Always make sure the circuit is off.
NEVER work on live electrical circuits.

For best results contact a Licensed Electrical Contractor

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