RIMS Heating Elemental Woes

RIMS Heating Elemental Woes

Post by Robert » Tue, 14 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Perhaps one of you Rimster's out there can help me out....

Today, I test fired my RIMS heater element.  It is a 2000 watt, 120
volt screw-in water heater element that I installed in a copper pipe.

I fired up the pump, then plugged in the element.  I don't have my
industrial dimmer switch yet, it's on order.

Anyway,  The water was NOT getting very hot at full flow, so I slowed
down the flow a bit,  immediately, the element started
self-destructing, melting the plastic insulation at the terminals.

I can't see that it matters which lead,  (hot or return), goes to
which terminal as neither are color coded or marked in any way. Can
anyone shed some light on what I am doing wrong?  


Robert A.

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