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Old 06-27-2016, 10:02 AM   #11
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A fried element will cause an open circuit and cannot trip a breaker.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:36 AM   #12
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A fried element will cause an open circuit and cannot trip a breaker.
When I had one get fried it keep tripping circuit breaker. Later RJD
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:37 AM   #13
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Neil, it really depends on how the element opens up, if it's touching the side of the tank, how much the water conducts electricity, etc....as to if it trips the circuit breaker (which it definitely can)
Correct.
I've seen several elements melt over its self where they were a dead short and tripped the breaker.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:45 AM   #14
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Would check the wiring to the element before putting a new one in. Most burned out elements will open the circuit. The OP's fried element will show if it shorted against the tank which would be an extremely rare occurrence.
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Old 06-27-2016, 10:49 AM   #15
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A fried element will cause an open circuit and cannot trip a breaker.
I was just pointing out that if the element is causing the CB to pop then it will ohm out shorted instead of an open as suggested by my referenced quote. The element is installed with a gasket and may not show a short to the tank itself if the electrical connections are isolated within the element. However; the element evendently can short across the hi and low connections when it blows and that is why the connections should be removed when checking it.
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The OP did not say the breaker would not stay on but said 'it happened again'. I assumed he meant he reset the breaker and after some time it tripped again.

I don't know about the elements in RV tanks but I know for home water heaters you can buy different wattage elements. Is it possible the OP bought an element that was too high in wattage?
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