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Old 07-01-2012, 01:31 AM   #1
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Default Resistored vs non-resistored heating elements?

I had a bit of scorching in my RIMS tube today. I'm switching to a tri-clover style attachment to more easily clean it. So I was looking for a new 1500w LWD element. Hoping for copper or stainless.

I found a few possibilities, then noticed some are "resistored" and others are "non-resistored."

Does anyone know what this means?

LINK to "NON-RESISTORED" element.

LINK to "RESISTORED" element

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Old 07-01-2012, 05:54 AM   #2
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I had a bit of scorching in my RIMS tube today. I'm switching to a tri-clover style attachment to more easily clean it. So I was looking for a new 1500w LWD element. Hoping for copper or stainless.

I found a few possibilities, then noticed some are "resistored" and others are "non-resistored."

Does anyone know what this means?

LINK to "NON-RESISTORED" element.

LINK to "RESISTORED" element
Resistored element prolongs water heater tank life

http://www.publicserviceplumbers.com...c-brochure.pdf

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Thanks. Love to know what the mechanism of the preservation is, but oh well. Doesn't matter for my application.

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Old 06-29-2013, 08:38 PM   #4
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is there any difference is brewing with a resistored or non-resistored element?

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Old 06-29-2013, 11:46 PM   #5
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is there any difference is brewing with a resistored or non-resistored element?
No, not really.

"Resistored" elements refer to the anode/coupling being resistored, not the heating element itself. By using a resistor to limit galvanic current the anode life can be extended. Pretty much a moot point for our application, although it may help a little with the face of the element rusting? (probably only if you use their resistored anode as well though) It is a Rheem thing, so you usually only see it offered by them.

If you care to, more details can be found in their patent(s):
http://www.google.com/patents/US7387713
https://www.google.com/patents/US4848616
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No, not really.

"Resistored" elements refer to the anode/coupling being resistored, not the heating element itself.

If you care to, more details can be found in their patent(s):
http://www.google.com/patents/US7387713
https://www.google.com/patents/US4848616
Rheem's heating element does have a resistor mounted on the rear of the element to prevent premature failure of the the element by slowing down corrotion. Above link in my old post shows the resistored anode and heating element.
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is there any difference is brewing with a resistored or non-resistored element?
Simple explanation.

A resistor mounted on the rear and the element sheathing is isolated from the tank wall.
Non resistored, no resistor and the element sheathing is connected to the tank wall when screwed in.
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When I said "not the heating element itself" I meant the electrical element. As mentioned above the element sheath is resistored or "the coupling" as I was calling it.

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