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Circuit breaker trips after only 30 seconds

SPC-K50 - circuit breaker trips after only 30 seconds of use. Push reset button and heater works for another 30 seconds or so and trips again. Circuit breaker is attached to circuit board; is this fixable or replacable?

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SOURCE: Torpedo heater runs for a minute or two then the breaker trips.

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SOURCE: i have a spc-40 heater i can not get it to stay

Ensure all your connections are tight and not leaking. I would shot off the tank using the valve on the top. Disconnect it, then re-connect it. Once connected, ensure the fan on the unit starts to turn. Then you can slowly open the valve, give it a good 4-5 turns to ensure it is open. They try the ignition sequence again.

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HOT SPRINGS IQ SPA shutting off sporatically


Could be as simple as turning off "Summer Mode" that should only be used in very hot climates.
Hold both temp buttons (+ -) in until icon on display is gone.

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No heat the water.


Suddenly no hot water: Red reset button tripped, circuit breaker tripped, bad upper element, bad thermostat, loose wire, TP valve is running hot water out of tank, leaking faucet is running hot water out of tank.

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:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html
5) Loose wire
Do full troubleshoot:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

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Feb 01, 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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WHERE IS THE RESET BUTTON ON THE 6EM30-2 FROM AUG 2004?


Electric water heater has panels located on front of water heater.
Remove top cover, and insulation to reveal thermostat and element.

Stand on dry surface, including boards or plywood.
Do not hold screwdriver in mouth.
Do not touch any metal.
Red reset button is located on thermostat.
Push in reset.
If reset will not re-engage, then thermostat may be bad, or some other problem exists.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html
Screw terminals on thermostat are live.
When finished, insulation and cover must be put back over thermostat so thermostat not exposed to cool air that will cause thermostat to misread tank temperature.
Put ear against tank to hear bubbly-fizzing sound that says water heater is working.

If water heater is leaking or wet, do not touch unless circuit breaker is turned off.

Electric water heater is fully repairable by homeowner.
ECO red reset button trips when upper thermostat senses overheating.
You many have underlying problem if reset continues tripping:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-water-heater.html

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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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Hot water gets too hot trips off at tank then water gets cool and i push reset button and water gets hot again real hot thentrips off again


It's time to replace your thermostat. Instead of maintaing the correct water temperature, the water is getting so hot it is acivating the safety circuit breaker. If this breaker were to fail, you could have a devastating explosion

Mar 21, 2010 | RELIANCE ELECTRIC WATER HEATER

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Unit comes on and runs for 5 minutes, the circuit trips off


30 is the correct size breaker for this unit. It sounds like there is a grounding issue going on in the system. Or off of the Thermostat. Something is grounding out causing the switch to trip. Are you running #10 wire to breaker and the unit? If not you will need to increase your wire size

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50K BTU Reddy Heater Trips Circuit Breaker


If the unit lights Check the photo cell this can be done with an ohm meter and good light. Should have continuity in light.

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