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    LokiZee Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Jan 28, 2009, 08:07 PM
    New Hot Water Heater Wire Panel Filling With Water From Tank
    I have recently installed a new electric hot water heater. I have connected all the wires properly, I have connected the piping in the correct manner, and filled the tank. I was about to flip my breaker to turn the water heater on, and noticed a little moister around the panel that the wires come out of the water heater. I removed the panel and it was full of water. I dried out the panel recess, I checked my pipes, and they were leak free, and then noticed the water was coming from the hole where the wires came from! Is my hot water heater a faulty buy? Is it broken? Did I do something wrong, and if not, if I flip my breaker, (which is of course a 240), will I kill myself? I haven't had any hot water for 4 days now and could really use some help!
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    21boat Posts: 2,441, Reputation: 212
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    Jan 28, 2009, 08:29 PM

    Something must may have happened in shipping or at the factory. If you are referring to the side panels where the heating element is then I would turn off heater and tighten the 4 bolts diagonally that the element goes to. The seal there may not be 100% tight when they put the heating elements in from factory or it's a bad seal
    Get back and let me know

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    Jan 29, 2009, 04:52 AM
    This is the strangest thing I have ever heard.

    The first thing I would have done is look in the wiring compartment at the top of the water heater. Did you do that and was it dry?

    I think you have a problem with the unit or a plumbing problem.

    FOUR days? I would have called in a plumber by now. I like hot showers.

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