Electric Hot Water Tank Trips Breaker
Reliance 606--3 years old.
Breaker trips immediately after re-setting--sometimes with a big spark in the breaker box.
Wiring in breaker box and in HW tank all looks good.
Replaced G.E. double 20 amp breaker. New breaker still trips. Problem not solved.
Customer says that the tank was working fine before breaker started to trip. The water was the same temp as always.
The bottom element appears to be very corroded. Is it possible that a bad heating element or thermostat could trip the breaker like this?
"A Pretty One" To quote MP Mark
I haven't changed out too many of these, but this element has to be about as bad as they get.
This tank has a lime build-up that is almost as high as the lower element, so unless we address this problem, the new element will not last very long. Is there anything I can use to dissolve the lime deposits so it can be flushed out?