In winters, nothing is more relaxing than having a hot water shower. Well, that is a necessity, or maybe a luxury, for households. Water is also used in numerous industrial applications for successful completion of production. Both homes and businesses use different types of electric heaters to fulfill their need for heaters.
Almost all water heaters have heating elements, an important part of the system, that is responsible for warming up or boiling the water. If your appliance is not heating up, then there could be a problem in the heating element. No matter how old your heater is, if its heating element is in fine and working condition, it will perform just like a newly unpacked appliance.
If your water heater’s performance has downgraded recently, you can carry out a little assessment and replace the element on your own.
Modern electric water heaters have two elements, while ones of an earlier generation have just a single unit. To check whether your appliance is new or old, you can look at the top and bottom of your heater for elements. If it has just one element, then your appliance belongs to the earlier technology and if it has two elements, one at the top and other on the bottom, then yours is a new machine.
Another easy method to ascertain this is to find the website of your water heater manufacturer and find the model number and its release date.
Once you have located the element, you can use a multimeter or voltmeter to check the response of the part. If the resistance in the element is very high, then it probably is a bad element, which needs to be replaced.
You should buy new and branded heating elements only, if you are going to replace the damaged ones by yourself. Using a third party or compatible element will lead to complete impairment of your appliance. You can order original parts from your nearby brand store or a renowned supplier of your heater brand.
Wattage and Voltage
Every electric appliance comes with its wattage and voltage consumption information. Wattage means, how much electricity it will consume and voltage means, which amperage it will need to work smoothly. If the machine does not get the required supply of voltage, then it will be at the risk of collapsing. Generally, home-based water heaters are a 4500 watt appliance that need 240 volts to run smoothly. If low voltage is supplied, the machine will have to work harder, which will lead to overuse and ultimately damage.
To make the best use of your water heater and to prevent the heating element from collapsing, you need to have an adequate voltage control system installed at your place.
If you are going to buy heating element for replacement, then you should know which type of element your machine will support. Usually, there are three types of heating elements, flange, raised flange, and screw type. Additionally, there are also low and high-density heating elements available. If at any stage, you feel any confusion while changing the element, it is advisable to call in an expert service to do this job.