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You may have a bad thermostat. Usually with elements it immediately trips or does heat at all. Hardware stores large and small sell the thernostats.

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I have a Titan SRC2 N120. the water is not heating.


Appears to be Electric. Check circuit breaker box first. If it is popped you may have a problem with installation. If it pops again
you have a serious electrical problem. Call electrician or installer.
Reset circuit breaker and still no lights or heat. Hopefully you have a warranty. If for some reason it "ran" without water, it has burned out the element. Unusual since there are sensors that verify water is moving.
Hope this helps.

Feb 27, 2015 | Water Water Heaters

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Keep throwing breaker both element are good do they heat togeather are alt. bob ferguson


1) Water heater is tripping breaker. Sounds like a short in water heater or bad breaker.
Open following link for troubleshoot walk-thru.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Test-electricity-to-water-heater.html

2) If you have 2-element tank-type water heater, then water heater is 240Volt.
Dual-Element tanks are usually wired for non-simultaneous operation.
Only one element is turned ON at one time.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

3) Some special order water heaters and water heaters that are rewired for specific reason can be simultaneous. Both elements could be ON at same time. This would be evident by 50 amp 240Volt circuit breaker and 8 gauge wire to heater, or two separate 30 amp breakers and two wires going to water heater.

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Sep 15, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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Powerstar 115 tankless tripping reset ontop of #2 heat chamber #1 does not get overly warm mainly because of incoming water temp. but #2 seems to be heating after water flow stops to hot to touch and...


I don't have specific suggestion for tankless tripping breaker or if that is a circuit breaker problem or a tankless problem.

1) Move wires to another same-size breaker and see if problem persists.

2) Compare amp draw on tankless label with wire size and breaker size amp rating.
For example 30 amp breaker using 10ga wire is rated for 80% of listed amps or 24 amps.

3) If you are drawing full 30 amps, then 30 amp breaker is getting hot. Breaker trips with heat. Older breakers can trip more easily.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html

4) Before calling service technician, open following link for Bosch troubleshooting steps.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-Bosch-Tankless-water-heater.html

5) Be sure to read manual for yearly maintenance requirements.

6) Add a tempering tank for incoming cold water problem.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Tempering-tank.html

7) All gas tankless brands can be repaired by homeowner for $330.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-gas-water-heater.html

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Hello - I have a 6-7 yr old Whirlpool EnergySmart 50 gallon 5500 watt water heater. (Two control boards fried and were replaced free). Symptom now is not enough hot water. No 'error codes' are blinking...


1) Residential water heaters are non-simultaneous. Only one element works at a time.
Upper element comes on until top of tank is heated, and then lower element is switched on until lower part of tank is heated. Lower element keeps tank hot during standby hours
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-it-works.html

2) Typical Whirlpool energy smart has 4500Watt elements. Look at label on side of tank
If both elements were ON, that would draw 9000Watts or 37.5 amps, requiring 50 amp breaker and 8 gauge wire. V x A = Watts.
All dual-element tanks are 240V.
Whirlpool energy smart requires 10 gauge wire and 30 amp breaker so electronics are not starved during operation. If your wire or breaker are undersized, that is suspect for repeated failure.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Whirlpool-Energy-Smart-electric.html

3) Typical electric water heater heats 21 gallons per hour. First hour delivery is higher since elements heat water as you use it. Overall however, electric water heater cannot re-heat as fast as gas because gas water heater burner carries more BTU punch per minute than electric element. Gas heats about 41 gallons per minute, with higher first hour delivery.

4) IF YOU HAVE OLDER energy smart and installed newer board, then you could have non-simultaneous operation is reversed so that lower element comes on first.
Read following post at Fixya:
http://www.fixya.com/support/t8263226-our_water_heater_doing
Contact Whirlpool 1-877-817-6750

5) Another potential problem is that you have sediment inside tank and that is reducing efficiency of lower element.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Clean-sediment-out-of-water-heater.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-test-water-heater-element.html

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Apr 09, 2011 | Water Heaters

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Breaker trips; reset breaker at panel and water heater "on" light comes on. Breaker tripped again in 5 min; reset breaker again and water heater light comes on. Cycle continues to repeat. Bad...


It is possible that the breaker is bad. It is also possible that your water heater is overloading the breaker. It is probably easier to try a new breaker to start with. Unless you are familiar with changing the breaker, call an electrician. Your life is a very valuable asset to you!

Feb 18, 2011 | Water Heaters

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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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I have an electric Hot water heater with two elements. A few months ago we replaced the pop off valve and a year ago we replaced the thermostat.Since yesterday, we have not hot water. So my husband...


Replace the melted part.

If tank is popping breaker, then the melted part has a short circuit.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-troubleshoot-electric-problems-with-water-heater.html
When replacing thermostats, I usually replace both of them
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-thermostat-on-electric-water-heater.html

There are 5 basic parts to electric water heater.
Electricity to water heater.
Upper thermostat
Upper element
Lower thermostat
Lower element
It sounds like electricity is good.
Elements are probably good if just replaced, but one of them could have a short.
Thermostat is melted, so replace it and see if it restores hot water.
If not, then take 40 minutes and do complete troubleshoot as shown in link above.

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Jan 16, 2011 | Rheem Water Heaters

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Kenmore Electric Water Heater/ Economizer 6


it usaly takes a few hours to heat up depending on water size check our breaker to see if it tripped out make sure all your wire connections are good u could take the front plate off and hit reset if you dont get hot water in a few hours ull probibly have to replace the trermostats and maby the elements its not hard to do good luck

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