This is an excellent question and yes it could.There is a "drip wire", there is a "drip loop".The drip wire is in the triplex that runs from the utility pole providing power to your house and the service mast on your house. The lineman will leave a sag in the wire so that water that accumulates on the wire will run along it to the lowest point and fall off harmlessly.The drip loop is the loop on the wire that runs into your house from your service mast. When these wires are connected to the triplex from the utility they should be tipped down so that no water will run down them. Now, this is the interesting part, at least to me...Even if you do all that, you can still get water in your breaker box. If those connections are tipped up, water can run down inside the insulation of service wire between the copper or aluminum and the inner jacket of the insulation. You wouldn't think it could, but it sure can. The only way I know to fix that is to have the utility company come out and if there isn't a loop, have them make one. They make think you're nuts, but that's ok, insist.
So, what if you live in a cold climate or have an underground service. You can still get moisture in the panel. At the back of the metre base the electrician should have put in some "duct seal" . This prevents condensation from occurring from either the cold outside and the warmer inside, or warm outside and the airconditioned inside.
The best way to determine which circuit breaker is for the water heater is with a voltage meter, It is suppose to be only one circuit breaker, but in a faulty application it could be two breakers
GFI is a mini circuit breaker that responds to shorts or contact with water
The owner's manual should specify the location of the internal circuit breaker, if your particular model has one. The breaker for the overall circuit should be in the breaker box with all the others.
Yes. Water can damage the breaker and prevent it from working, or it may continue to carry current after the breaker trips.
the hot water circuit beaker
There are three possibilities: the circuit is not rated for the power draw of the water heater, the breaker has failed or there is a problem with the water heater.
If it's a new water heater, the breaker may be too low of an amperage rating. However before changing, make sure your wiring is large enough to handle the required breaker current rating. If it's a water heater that has been in use and suddenly started kicking the breaker..........(1) check to make sure other devices haven't been added to the circuit to which the water heater is connected. This could be causing an overload on the circuit. (2) If there are no other devices connected to the water heater circuit, then you probably have an internal "hot" wire that is going to ground.
A spark could cause the flammable cleaners to burst into flames. Water could cause a short circuit and burn out components.
mebhi boroking pipeIf an electric water heater, the circuit breaker has tripped or the element(s) or thermostat(s) could be bad. Have a plumber check it.
You should call back the electrician who did the wiring and complain to him. It could indicate incorrect wiring. It could indicate that the electrician put something besides the water heater on the water heater circuit. It could indicate that in the process of remodeling the electrician damaged something. It could be something damaged the circuit leading to the water heater. It could indicate that during the time of the repair, your water heater broke. It could indicate that your circuit breaker is bad. Someone with volt meters needs to be in your house to find the problem.