CB trips on water heater

Discussion in 'Water Heater Forum, Tanks' started by Andrew1964, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. Andrew1964

    Andrew1964 New Member

    Aug 21, 2012
    I have a double pole switch for the hot water emerssion heater, when I switch on the water (bath or sink) the CB breaker trips.
    At first this only happened when I put on bath but now it happens on both.
    When I disconect the wires from the element on the tank, the CB does not trip and I have power in the wires to the element.
    Do I need to change the elment or the thermostat?
    Do I need to drain the tank to do so, the element is at the top of the tank.

    Thank in advance
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