Question about Camco Copper And Zinc Standard Hwd Water Heater Screw-in Fold Back Element
Everything is working on my hot water heater I was just wondering could I replace my 3800w 240 volt standard type elements with fold back type and what are the pro's and con's of doing so, also will this help with hot water recover time?
Fold-back elements are low-watt-density, so element does not burn out as easily since heating is spread across more surface area. But recovery remains 16 gallon per hour.
20 amp breaker and 12 gauge wire: max 3800 watts
30 amp breaker and 10 gauge wire: max 5800 watt.
4500 watt element heats 20 gallons per hour.
Instead of changing elements: Set thermostats higher so more cold is added to hot water, and then you have more hot water available inside tank.
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Posted on Jan 05, 2014
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