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Electric hot water heater keeps throwing reset button

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  • sandjtonitto Apr 04, 2009

    electric, storage type 'dux' hot water heater needs reseting every 48 to 72 hours

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You most likely need to replace your thermostat. If your thermostat isn't cutting the supply to the element at the preset temperature, as it is meant to, the unit will keep on heating until the over-temperature cut-out operates. This is what the "reset button" is resetting. You should get an electrician or qualified service bloke to replace it so you dont go hurting yourself.

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1) Electric: press reset button located under front cover, check circuit breaker:
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It could be element shorted to ground through steel tank, so don't touch tank when breaker is ON.
Or you have undersized 12 gauge wire and 20 amp breaker and the heat has loosened breaker on the busbar. Breaker trips when heat exceeds breaker limit. Jiggle breaker and listen for crackling sound.

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the water heater has a bad element. please donot keep reseting, as the could lead to an electrical shock.

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You have top and bottom panel, so water heater is 240Volt.
No hot water because ECO reset button tripped.
Water heater works correctly when reset button is reset, so electric power and circuit breaker are good. Water heater wiring is probably good.

Problem is most likely bad thermostat.
I usually replace both upper and lower thermostats.
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If the reset clicks off again, just reset it
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