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My Rheem is a 82V40. It keeps popping the circuit within 30 seconds after it is reset. Water heater is approximately 5 1/2 years old and I do not think the tank has ever been drained.

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To add to the first solution, You must drain the tank before you replace the elements. Especially the bottom element. The tank has two elements similar to the elements in an electric stove along with two thermostats that control the temperature of the water If an element(Calrod) is burned in half then the water acts as a resistor increasing the amp drain that pops the circuit breaker. Cut the power to the W heater at the breaker box. Using a meter check for power on the elements, no power drain the tank. Check for continuity on the elements. This should tell you what element is bad.

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Hello,You have a shorted heater ELEMENT.They can be eaisly replaced.Draining the tank will not slove the problem.

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