It’s just fine to use lower wattage heater. Larger tank will increase available capacity after its all warmed up, but recovery rate is determined by heater.
In this way, are hot water heater elements 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.
Secondly, 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.
Are water heater elements standard size?
Nearly all hot water heater element wrenches have a 1-1/2 inch hex to fit the standard 1-1/2 inch residential heating element head. In addition, they’re generally at least 5-inches long with cross holes drilled into the opposite end of the pipe so a screwdriver can be inserted for added torque.
For water heaters with two elements,
- Lukewarm water.
- Small amount of hot water.
- No hot water.
- Hot water runs out faster than usual.
- Water heater’s circuit breaker constantly trips.
How do I determine which type of water heater element I need?
- Examine your existing element.
- You will need to find out the voltage and the wattage. …
- Compare and match your results of volts and watts to the volts and watts columns below.
- Choose the volts that match your voltage 120 or 240.
Age of the Hot Water Heater.
A typical gas-powered or electric-powered hot water heater will last 8 to 12 years before needing to be replaced. Tankless and solar hot water heaters can last up to 20 if properly maintained.
It is also the element that cycles on first because of the temperature drop when water enters the tank. I recommend replacing both elements since you have to drain the tank to clean flush the sediment out anyway.
A sudden voltage increase could overload a heating element of your water heater, burning it out. All elements of a water heater have voltage ratings. Voltages exceeding the rating of an element will burn it out.
Element Watt Density is the wattage dissipated per square inch of the. element sheath surface and is critical to the proper heating of the. application and to the life expectancy of the heater. The Watt Density.
So, can you run a water heater with only one element? Yes, a water heater can still run if the bottom element quits. However, the water heater won’t run efficiently and likely won’t produce enough hot water to satisfy your family’s needs running on just the top element.