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Hello, i have a reliance 606 im having a problem that the reset button, it keep on tripping. when i reset it last like 2 days then it trips again. i have changed the upper thermostat and element and it still trip had to reset it again. now yesterday i changed the lower thermostat and element. what do u think is the problem

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As a precaution just double check the wiring and make sure the upper thermostat isn't set higher than the lower thermostat as this runs the risk of the upper element running continuously.

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It sounds like you have things pretty well covered. I would change reset and if it continues to trip breaker I would check wiring very carefully where it enters top of water heater. Check for any nicks or bare spots on wiring insulation. Other than that about all I can think of is to change breaker. Sometimes they do get weak and trip to easily. Hope this helps. Thanks

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