## Can I put a bigger heating element in my water heater?

Larger wattage is not ok. Product warranty, and electrical safety code, support same-wattage or smaller-wattage element. Do not use larger wattage element than shows on water heater label.

**How do I know the wattage of my heating element?**

To calculate the wattage requirement to heat steel, use the following equation:

- Watts = 0.05 x Lbs of Steel x ΔT (in °F) / Heat-Up Time (in hrs)
- Watts = 3.1 x Gallons x ΔT (in °F) / Heat-Up Time (in hrs)
- Watts = 165 x Gallons Per Minute X ΔT (in °F)
- Watts = 1.35 x Gallons x ΔT (in °F) / Heat-Up Time (in hrs)

**Which heating element is best for heater?**

The best heating elements

- Ceramic. Ceramic is a popular material to use in panel heaters due to its high efficiency.
- PTC. PTC or positive temperature coefficient is another form of ceramic in disk or plate form.
- Aluminium. Aluminium is the next best thing to ceramic.
- Wire.
- Quartz.

### Are heating elements for water heater universal?

There are three types: screw in, bolt in and clamp in. They all have different wattage ratings and can work on either 120 or 240 voltage. Check your state and local codes before starting any project.

**Does the length of a water heater element matter?**

Does the length of a water heater heating element make a difference? No, not as long as you have the proper voltage, watts and style. Shorter elements have a larger diameter therefore the same surface area.

**Can you replace a 3500 watt water heater element with a 4500 watt?**

It is ok to install higher watt up to 5500 on 4500 watt heater if breaker is 30 amp and wire is 10 gauge. It is ok to install lower watt: replace 4500 with 3500 as long as voltage is same.

#### How much electricity does a 2000 watt heater use?

Room Heaters and their wattage It is important to note that if a 400 W heater runs for 1 hour it will consume 0.4 units whereas a 2000 W heater will consume 2 units if it runs for 1 hour. So more the heat, more the wattage and thus more the units consumed.

**How do I figure wattage?**

The formula for calculating wattage is: W (joules per second) = V (joules per coulomb) x A (coulombs per second) where W is watts, V is volts, and A is amperes of current. In practical terms, wattage is the power produced or used per second. For example, a 60-watt light bulb uses 60 joules per second.

**Does heating elements have high resistance?**

Heating elements don’t have a high resistance: for example a 1kW 220v heating element will have a resistance around 50 Ohms and a 2kW one will be about 25Ohms. If you’re in a country using 110V then a 2kW element will have a resistance of only 6.05 Ohms.

## Which appliance works on heating effect of electric current?

The devices which work on this property of heating effect are electric heater, electric iron, electric fuse, etc.

**Can you change a water heater element without draining the tank?**

It is possible to change your water heater’s heating element without draining your tank. Although, keep in mind that it can be a bit more challenging.

**Are water heater elements brand specific?**

A flange type is not as common in newer water heaters. If you can’t find one, look for an adapter kit. With this kit you can replace the old flange style with a newer screw type. In most cases you do not have to buy brand specific elements.