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Old 04-26-2009, 11:18 AM  
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I like to use an ultra low watt density element when I replace water heater elements.



This # 02953 4500 watt / 240 volt Ripple Foldback Lime Life element made by Camco Mfg. Inc. has a wattage density of only 50 watts per square inch and offers a substantially insreased service life even in an area with heavy lime properties in the water. The nickel and chromium incoloy elements are claimed to even stand up to being dry fired even though I have never personally verified this claim.

Click here for the manufacturers web page

Note: They also sell a 5500 watt element which I do not recommend. Many water heaters are not designed for the additional 1000 watt load. This product was designed for big box stores where they may claim bigger is better.



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But it's all crooked.



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But it's all crooked.
Yup! Thats what makes it so good.
There is so much more surface area that the element runs cooler yet still put the same amount of heat into the water.

You can't burn that one out.
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There is so much more surface area that the element runs cooler yet still put the same amount of heat into the water.
Oh.
Are you sure the customer isn't supposed to fix it himself with a hammer?
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You could pound on it with a hammer and straighten it out but then you would have to use a hole saw to cut a hole in the other side of the tank so you can get the element all the way into the bung.

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Oh, so they bend it all to he11 like that for a reason.

I'm thinking they probably just make them straight and then drive over a pile of them with a truck.

Thanks for the info. I'll see if I can make one with my car.

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I like to use an ultra low watt density element when I replace water heater elements.



This # 02953 4500 watt / 240 volt Ripple Foldback Lime Life element made by Camco Mfg. Inc. has a wattage density of only 50 watts per square inch and offers a substantially insreased service life even in an area with heavy lime properties in the water. The nickel and chromium incoloy elements are claimed to even stand up to being dry fired even though I have never personally verified this claim.

Click here for the manufacturers web page

Note: They also sell a 5500 watt element which I do not recommend. Many water heaters are not designed for the additional 1000 watt load. This product was designed for big box stores where they may claim bigger is
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YES THIS IS THE ONE I MEAN, I RECOMMEND THESE ALSO

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Just my 2 cents here. It's a simple task with a screwdriver and multimeter to check an element without taking it out. Turn off the electricity to the water heater. Use the volt meter to check to MAKE SURE THE ELECTRICITY IS OFF. Remove one wire to the element. Check for continuity across both terminals. I have also seen this test to fail because the element pieces were broken and contacting the metal of the element tube...but you should get 100% continuity if it is good and anything less than that is bad... You can also leave the lead to the element on and remove the lead coming from the element, turn the power back on then check for voltage on the terminal you have removed the lead from simply by getting a good ground with one lead and touching the other to the terminal you removed the wire from. I've rarely had to replace a lower water heater element... I live on a lake with 99% of the houses being vacation homes so this is a very common problem.

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They should read about 10 - 13 ohms screw to screw and open screw to the flange.



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