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My water is not hot and discovered the panel breaker tripped. the panel breaker keeps tripping for the water heater and will not reset either.

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Problem could be a shorted element. Disconnect the wires from the breaker and try to reset it, remember to flip the switch in the fully off position before moving it to the on position. If the breaker doesn't trip then the problem is in the heater itself. If you have access to an Ohmmeter, with the power turned off check the continuity of the elements across the screw terminals and from the terminals to ground. There should not be a reading to ground and a high resistance across the terminal screws

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Let's do a quick check and save you money.
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