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Tonytilly

Electrical water heater problem

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Tonytilly    0
Tonytilly

Good morning everyone,

 

I'm new to the forum and would like to ask your advice please.  I have an electrical water heater that was renewed last year.  This water heater is only used occasionally during the summer.  It heats the water in our guest room over our garage.   The water in the heater heats up but the cut out is tripped during the night.

 

I have checked the wiring according to the diagram supplied with the heater. All correct.  I have replaced the master cut out 40 amp switch.  I have just replaced the 25 amp off/auto/on switch.  The cut out still trips during the night.

 

Any suggestions please?

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ruston    37
ruston

Thermostat is most likely I would think given the info supplied.

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Tonytilly    0
Tonytilly

Thanks a lot ruston.  I will look into that.

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ruston    37
ruston

Is it the thermal cut out that is tripping?

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Tonytilly    0
Tonytilly

I will have a look later today.  Thanks.

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ProDave    1,739
ProDave

You must know where this "cut out" is that is tripping as presumably you keep re setting it? So is it the MCB in the consumer unit that is tripping? or a tiny little button on the thermostat inside the immersion heater, which you would have to remove the cover to see it?

 

And what is this "master cut out 40A switch" Is that the thing that is tripping?

 

Does the "thing" that's tripping also have a little "test" button on it?

 

Describe better what is actually tripping and we can probably help you further.

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Tonytilly    0
Tonytilly

Hello ProDave,

 

Thanks for replying.  The switch that is tripping is on the consumer board  I will try and attach a photograph as I am obviously not explains myself very well.  As you have no doubt gathered, my expertise is not electrical but photographic or vintage car restoration.  So I'm on a learning curve here.

 

Yes, it has a test button that when I push the reset button the electrical supply is reconnected.  

 

During the day I checked the wiring for the water heater, checked the off/auto/on switch.  All looks good.  During the night (I'm not sure at what time)  the "master cut out 40a switch" trips.

 

The water heater is a French one (I live in France) the heater element and thermostat are fitted in the bottom, so you have to lay on your back with a torch to see what's what or adjust the thermostat.

 

So let me know if you need any further info.

Heater switch.jpg

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Andy™    2,096
Andy™

im going with faulty element thats breaking down when hot

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steptoe    2,089
steptoe

^^^^^^

What he said.

 

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ProDave    1,739
ProDave

Another vote for a faulty heating element.

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ruston    37
ruston

And me now that it has been explained what is tripping. :)

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Andy™    2,096
Andy™

yep, always a help when you actually get some useful info other than 'it trips'

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phil d    211
phil d

Personally Im inclined to suspect it's a element chauffant defectueux

n'est pas

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Tonytilly    0
Tonytilly

Very many thanks everyone,  I will get that checked out.

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