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How To Reset An Electric Water Heater

Electric water heaters play an important role in providing comfort and convenience in our homes, delivering hot water for bathing, cooking, and cleaning. However, like any appliance, they may encounter issues from time to time, such as a loss of heating capacity. In such situations, knowing how to reset your electric water heater can often resolve the problem and restore its functionality.

Resetting an electric water heater typically involves a few simple steps:

Turn Off Power: Locate the circuit breaker for the water heater in your electrical panel and switch it to the “Off” position. This ensures that no electricity is flowing to the water heater while you work on it.

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Identify the Reset Button: Most electric water heaters have a reset button, often located near the thermostat or heating elements. It’s usually a red button that pops out when tripped.

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Press the Reset Button: Press and hold the reset button for a few seconds. You should feel or hear a click as the button resets.

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Wait and Test: After resetting, wait a few minutes before restoring power to the water heater. Then, return to the electrical panel and switch the circuit breaker back to the “On” position.

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Check for Operation: Once power is restored, monitor the water heater to ensure it’s functioning properly. You should hear the water heating up, and if you have hot water taps open, you should feel hot water coming out after a while.

Repeat if Necessary: If the water heater still isn’t working properly, you may need to repeat the reset process or troubleshoot further.

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Remember, if you’re unsure about any of these steps or if the problem persists after resetting the water heater, it’s best to contact a professional plumber or electrician for assistance. Working with electricity can be dangerous if you’re not experienced. If you have a gas water heater, here are step-by-step instructions on how to restart it, or How to fix a water heater pilot light.

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