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My hot water heater keeps throwing the circuit breaker and

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My hot water heater keeps throwing the circuit breaker and turns off. I turn the breaker back on, then in an hour or two, the breaker blows again. What is the most likely cause?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Plumbing
Expert:  Rick Mather replied 5 years ago.

Rick Mather :

One of your electrical elements in heater is shorting to ground when it heats up replace the bad elements or heater itself depending on how old unit is


So time for a new water heater? This one is about 8 years old and out of warranty. :( Any brands that you would recommend?


Also, what is a typical price to have a new one installed?

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Expert:  Rick Mather replied 5 years ago.

Yes at 8 years it at end of life anyway


Depending on labor rates and size would determine but around $500 - $800 would be close