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Stelrad ideal mexico super cf100 - electrical problem


There are a couple of things that can be causing your problem. 1. The controller is bad which is tripping the breaker. 2. The breaker needs to be checked or replaced. 3. circuit overload by to many appliances. In any event you will need qualified technicians to do repair. My guess is to start with the controller and have it checked because of its age. After this is done get an electrician if necessary. The kitchen circuit may be a separate issue or part of the problem. If your kitchen or an appliance in it like a stove, fridge or microwave is on the same circuit this will cause a possible overload and trip the breaker. If your kitchen is on a separate circuit and you added another appliance this could cause an overload if in use at the same time.

Mar 30, 2017 | Water Heaters

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The tankless water heater was working this morning, but now it seems no power is going to it. We've checked the circuit breaker several times but it doesn't seem to want to reset. Is there a fuse that...


If the circuit breaker will not reset it could be a few different things. First, circuit breakers do wear out. The bi-metal strip that makes the breaker function does break down metallurgy wise. A new one would have to be installed to fix this problem. The other possibility would be that a wire inside the water heater has grounded out thus not allowing the breaker to reset. A wire might have gotten to hot and the insulation around it might have melted or became brittle and fell off allowing the wire to touch bare metal inside the water heater.

May 02, 2011 | Stiebel Eltron TEMPRA 24 Tankless Water...

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On the water heater the circuit breaker was tripped. Reset and heater started working ok. Main service breaker was still on/ possible reasons for this problem.


Circuit breakers for water heaters generally operate at their maximum current. Once in a while a circuit breaker will trip for no apparent reason. The other reason may be a fault with the element or the thermostat. If this is the case it will generally happen again. If it does the element and thermostat need to be tested. If there is a fault the c/b on the HWS should always trip before the one at the switchboard providing that they are the same rating.

Feb 24, 2011 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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No hot water


You posted under Rheem 40 gallon electric water heater, which is two-element 240Volt heater.
If this is not your heater, add a comment.

If you suddenly have no hot water, that narrows the suspect list.

Step1:
Check for tripped circuit breaker.
Open top cover on water heater and push in reset button on upper thermostat.
If reset button is tripped out, and will not push back in, then replace upper thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
Put ear against tank and listen for bubbly-fizzing sound that says heater is ON.
If reset is not tripped, then move to step 2

Step 2: use tester or multi-meter and test across top two screws on upper thermostat for 240Volt.
If heater is not getting 240V, then test circuit breaker.
Move water heater wires from 240V breaker to another same-amp 240V breaker and see if that restores power.
You may need to replace breaker:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html
If problem persists, then you might have a line problem between breaker and water heater.
Open cover on top of heater, and check connections on top of heater.

Step 3:
If heater is getting 240V, then upper thermostat or upper element is bad.
I suggest 30 minute troubleshooting which could save you a service call, and will be valuable information in the future:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

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Jan 08, 2011 | Rheem 40 GAL ELEC TALL Water Heater 6YR SC...

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One of the breakers assigned to our Hot wtr htr has been tripping recently leading to loss of hot water. This has happened twice in the last month. After resetting the breaker things have worked fine,...


Breaker could be bad.
Let's do a quick check and save you money.
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.
If reset will not reset, then replace upper thermostat:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
If reset is not tripped out, then it is OK, so test two top wires on upper thermostat.
Use cheap multimeter from home center, and set dial to 240-250-277 VAC.
Test across top two screws on upper thermostat to see if you have 240Volts.
To do full troubleshoot on ordinary tank electric water heater takes 30 minutes and multimeter
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html

If water heater is not receiving 240V, then the breaker is suspect, or a wire between breaker and water heater is loose.
See basic water heater circuit
http://waterheatertimer.org/240-v-water-heater-circuit.html

Now let's look at circuit breaker:
Mark suspect 240V breaker.
Identify all your breakers, and also mark another 240 Volt breaker that is same amperage as water heater 240V breaker.
Turn off main breaker.
Take front panel off breaker box.
The wires and lugs on main breaker are HOT, so stay away from that area.
http://waterheatertimer.org/See-inside-main-breaker-box.html
Suspect breaker has 2 wires coming from breaker.
See if one or both wires are loose, and then tighten.

If wires are tight, then move these wires to the other 240V breaker that is rated for same amps as water heater.
Now turn on main breaker.
Put ear against water heater tank to hear bubbly fizzing sound.
This will identify if circuit breaker is bad, or if water heater needs a full troubleshoot.
It is not a good idea to run two 240V appliances on same 240V circuit breaker, so you may have to decide one or the other appliance until you can replace breaker.
Instructions to replace circuit breaker:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html

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Jan 07, 2011 | Water Heaters

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No hot water


Electric water heater can be repaired by homeowner.

Four things can cause NO hot water:
1) ECO red reset button tripped. Remove top cover on water heater, push red reset button on thermostat. Put insulation and cover back over thermostat.
2) Circuit breaker is tripped, circuit breaker bad, or wire loose in breaker box. Turn breaker on-off and listen for crackling or fizzing sound, and burned smell. Test breaker for 220Volts. Test top two screws on upper thermostat to see if water heater has electricity.
3) Bad upper thermostat. Replace upper thermostat.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
4) Bad upper element. Test upper element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

Nov 22, 2010 | Reliance WATER HEATER CO #9-40-DKRT 40GAL...

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Circuit breaker problem


if you turned the breaker to the left to turn off you must turn the breaker all the way to the right to reset it same as if you turned to the right you must turn to the left all the way to reset which ever way you turned the breaker off you need to follow thru the process in order to reset that breaker breakers are spring loaded flip it completly off than on

Apr 24, 2010 | Water Heaters

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My heater stoped heating water. the light is out that shows temp.my husband is in Military and i am alone. I checked circut breaker but I don't know if or where there is a circuit breaker at the box or a...


I had the same problem with the Stiebel Eltron Tempura 24. Right side unit worked (with blinking LED), but the display and left side (including LED) did not work.

This is CRITICAL. Do not take the cover off unless you have turned off circuit breakers at the circuit breaker panel AND tested that there is no power. There is a lot of voltage/ampreage here and it could be life threatening if you get shocked. Call an electrician (or a plumber) if you don't know what you are doing.

My problem was solved by resetting the safety thermal cutout switch on top of the non working unit (red single press thermistor). See this manual http://www.stiebel-eltron-usa.com/pdf/install_tempra.pdf page 8.

Jan 30, 2009 | Stiebel Eltron TEMPRA 12 Tankless Water...

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