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I have a 50 gallon electric water heater..trying to fix a leak elsewhere in the house we had to shut off main valve,turned back on no hot water,,reset breaker and reset button worked fine,but no today no hotwater again...please help.

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If you're having to reset the breaker, then most likely you have a bad heating element. Usually the bottom element burns out first, however if you had the water off, and the level dropped in the tank, the heater might have come on without water in it. This will cause it to overheat and burn out. Now when you turn the breaker on, the current is going to ground, tripping the breaker. If you are handy you can replace them, but be sure water heater electric is off or disconnected, and then drain water below the element level. While you're replacing one element replace them both.

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