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I just replaced my old rusted out water heater with a new Reliance 606 and now I am having problems with the circuit breaker being tripped, usually during the night. It doesn't happen everyday but is consistent. The breaker never tripped with the old heater.

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I would check with your owners manual to see what they reccomend for minimum breaker size. I don't remember on this particular model but it may be a single element instead of dual element. The single element usually use more power than dual. I would also check thermostat settings if this is a dual element. They should never be set at same temperature. Also if it continues to trip breaker I would check all wiring,then replace breaker. Sometimes they do wear out and trip when they really shoul not. Hope this helps. Thanks

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