Sorry if I clouded the issue. No other electrical problems have been reported. The top element is drawing a tad over 18.6 amps and is recieving 239v to its screws which equate to about 4450 watts. This wattage does not heat the water enough to open the top tstat. I have not considered a leak which I will look into. This would equate to the element trying to heat a moving stream of water. Thanks. Any more ideas?