Has this ever happened to you?
Your water heater trips the circuit breaker in your house. So you go and reset the circuit breaker.
Then after a few minutes, it happens again. So you reset it again.
But immediately, the water heater trips your circuit breaker again.
This continual pattern can be indicative of a more serious issue that you may not be able to see. But suffice it to say, you’re in need of some kind of repair, or even a brand new water heater.
There are three big reasons why a water heater trips a circuit breaker, and we’re going to break them down here and help you figure out what you can do to fix it.
When your water heater thermostat is faulty or improperly installed, it loses ‘communication’ with the breaker, which can cause an electrical imbalance of power. Rather than regulating the electricity to the heating elements, this imbalance of excess electricity feeds into the circuit breaker instead. The excessive power can be too much for the circuit to handle, causing it to trip.
Burnt Heating Elements
Sometimes the element that heats the water in the heater can be the source of the issue. If the heating element breaks or burns out, this can cause a spit in parts of the heater, exposing wires and electrical components to direct contact with water.
And we all know water plus electricity equals bad.
In this case, it can short circuit and cause the water heater to trip your circuit breaker. Just as well, with a broken heating element, you’ll notice your water isn’t as hot as you’re used to.