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I have to reset the breaker to make the water come on

I have to trip the braker to make the hot water heater come come on

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You definitely have an electrical short in either your water heater or the circuit breaker itself. I would begin by testing the breaker. If you do not have the equipment necessary to check these items call in a pro.

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1) Check for leaks.
2) Check circuit breaker.
3) Open top cover on water heater and push in red reset button.
If reset is popped out and will not reset, replace thermostat:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
4) Test upper element:
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5) Loose wire
Do full troubleshoot:
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Breaker could be bad.
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Open top cover on water heater and push in red reset button that might be tripped.
If reset is tripped, water heater should turn ON.
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If wires are tight, then move these wires to the other 240V breaker that is rated for same amps as water heater.
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Put ear against water heater tank to hear bubbly fizzing sound.
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