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After about an hour the breaker trips on a single element Rheem water heater. 2Meg ohm to ground from the element terminals: 700K between element termianals. theromstat connections to ground infinate. (can hear normal hissing noise when ac applied) Replace element or breaker?

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  • stew116 Sep 29, 2009

    HI,
    1.98M ohm to earth ground / ground wire comming from main AC panel buss. 700K ohm between the terminals of the element. all power wires disconnected from element and tstat.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    I would first check the breaker -- this symptom could be caused simply by a dirty connection between the breaker and the panel/box buss or, a loose connection where the hot wires go into the breakers. ----------------- Need to know more about these measurements: 2Meg ohm to ground from the element terminals: -------What grounding source did you use for this test? 700K between element termianals. ------------ Was this with the element disconnected? ------------- Charlie

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I would say then the heating element has a resistive short to ground. The 1.98m Ohm reading is high, but not high enough -- should be infinite. I would say replace heating element... And, when you install new one, make sure there is no water leaking thru heating element cavity and ensure area around cavity is clean & "in order".

How old is water heater?

Charlie

Posted on Sep 29, 2009

Testimonial: "He was right on the mark, after removing the element it was apparent that it was bad, split down the middle of the element twords the middle section. "

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs Sep 29, 2009

    And, another comment: If the 700k ohms is the measurement of the resistance of the heating element, it sounds like the element is about to open all the way (burn through). Just roughing it out without the specs, the heating element should have a cold resistance on the order of 5-20 ohms -- certainly less than 50.



    Charlie

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