Why Your Water Heater May Be Tripping The Reset Button


It is not a good feeling to head to the shower, switch on the hot water, and only get lukewarm water coming out of the faucet. The first thing to do is inspect the water heater to see if you can detect the issue. You may have noticed that there is a reset alert flashing or a red reset button that has popped out, depending on the model of water heater that you have, requiring that you switch the heating system back on. However, you may have no idea what caused this to happen. Keep reading to learn a few different reasons that your reset button may have tripped in the first place.

Faulty Thermostat

If your water heater's thermostat is malfunctioning or improperly calibrated, it could result in the system overheating. There is a safety mechanism on the water heater tank that will go off because the temperature will get too hot, which leads to the reset. Luckily, this is a quick and easy fix, as it only requires replacing the thermostat.

Bad Limit Switch

If a technician performs an inspection of your thermostat and determines that it is okay, the next thing that needs to be looked at is the limit switch. The limit switch is responsible for determining when the water heater should be reset. If this part is defective, it will cause the reset button to be tripped. If this is the problem, it simply needs to be replaced and your water heater is back up and running again.

Wiring Short

Most people have plugged in a toaster or hairdryer only to realize that the breaker shorts out and cuts off all power to the particular room. This can take place with the water heater as well. When the water heater's heating elements short out, the appliance may keep warming up the water, tripping a reset for safety. The issue should generally be remedied by rewriting the impacted area.

Loose Wiring

There are certain electrical components of the water heater that are important to the operation of the system, regardless of whether you have an electric or gas system. If the wiring comes loose for one reason or another, such as age, inadequate installation, or jostling, the water heater may get reset. A professional can assess the wiring and perform any necessary adjustments to ensure that the water heater does not continue to reset.

To learn more about water heaters, contact a water heater service like Steele Brothers Heating Inc in your area for professional assistance.


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