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Old June 14th, 2014, 03:22 PM   #1
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Drained the hot water heater and when turning the juice back on it was clear the contacts were bad (sparking and sizzling). I cleaned the wires and moved them and the fuses to the other switch. Anyhow, who is responsible for the upkeep on this old hot water heater switch/fuse box? It says property of Detroit Edison on it. Will they switch it out to a more modern breaker box or is that the homeowner's responsibility?


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Old June 14th, 2014, 03:43 PM   #2
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Probably home owners responsibility, but it would not hurt to call them and ask. That is one old box with the screw in fuses. How old is the house, and why did you drain the heater in the first place? Did you replace it?
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Old June 14th, 2014, 03:47 PM   #3
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You're suppose to drain the tank once a year as a maintenance procedure.
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Remove buss fuses and place penny behind and screw back in.
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You have to use pure copper pennies. 1943 or older

Home was built in the early 1970s
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convert box to breakers. may be "expensive" but worth every penny [no pun intended]
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Old June 14th, 2014, 06:55 PM   #7
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I had the same one in my house kept popping fuses. I switched it out didnt call them or anything. Has not tripped since.
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Run nat/gas line to water heater and done.


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Dat's some old ass wiring. Surprised it didn't turn to powder when you moved it.
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That thing scares me! I'd run to Lowes immediately and get an upgrade on the box and the wiring.
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