Model NumberBreakers showing Red "tripped" buuttonsAs far as I can tell, all the breakers in my apartment's panel are showing as tripped (red 'button' visible), and yet everything has power... except my water heater. It is no longer heating up when I turn on the hot faucet. I tried the reset procedure described on the panel and all the red tags are still there. If these are all tripped, how is there still power to everything, and why isn't the hot water resetting?

I do not know if it's Tank or Tankless. It's an apartment, and the added pics are the breakers in my unit. It is Electric water heater.

All the breakers show that Red Button, but everything has power. The electric water heater however is the only thing not working.

At the base of the panel are these instructions for Resetting:

Locate breaker with Red Button. Turn to Off Position. Turn On.

It appears to be a Wadsworth panel.

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    "Tripped" usually means the failure state, power turned off. Are you sure that's the word you wanted to use?
    – keshlam
    Commented Mar 19 at 14:24
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    A picture of the breakers will help. Any chance of they being GFCI breakers and the red button is test/reset?
    – crip659
    Commented Mar 19 at 14:31
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    Some older QO will show a bit of red even when they aren't tripped. A picture or at least a model/type would help significantly. Also: breakers can fail.
    – KMJ
    Commented Mar 19 at 14:50
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    A lot of stuff will stop working/break without tripping the breaker.
    – crip659
    Commented Mar 19 at 16:02
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    Google Image Search indicates this is a Wadsworth panel (via this Reddit link: reddit.com/r/electricians/comments/c4qmf0/… and further googling). It's very old, the breakers may not be made anymore. This source harrison-electric.com/Blog/entryid/245/… says the panel should be replaced. Commented Mar 20 at 14:50


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