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dhudson1984

join:2008-01-04
Charleston, WV
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·Suddenlink
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Re: [Electrical] Electrical problem

Oh yeah, and that horrible smell of burnt wire was strong once the insulation was peeled back before taking the cover off to have a look... Wow! Insulation also had a few black spots.

TheMG
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join:2007-09-04
Canada
kudos:3
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·NorthWest Tel
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said by dhudson1984:

The only thing we figured out was someone could have bumped that wire and knocked the connections loose down inside

Which shouldn't happen if the connections are done up correctly and nice and tight, unless the insulation has deteriorated to the point of becoming brittle.

Either way, you're lucky it didn't end with a fire. An intermittent hard short can eventually turn into an arcing fault, and an arcing fault under the right conditions might not trip a breaker before producing enough heat to ignite a fire!

robbin
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join:2000-09-21
Leander, TX
kudos:1
Not much to ignite a fire inside the case of a water heater.

TheMG
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join:2007-09-04
Canada
kudos:3
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·NorthWest Tel
said by robbin:

Not much to ignite a fire inside the case of a water heater.

Maybe not, but what about the wiring insulation itself?

Also the OP mentioned that the heater had been wrapped in some sort of insulating blanket, and who knows whether that's flammable or not.