Water Heater Elements | Everything You Need to Know in 5 Minutes

What is an element?

An element is the part of the water heater that physically heats the water. They typically have a black threaded head and are composed of stainless steel, copper, or incoloy. The element(s) screw into the water heater and have a gasket that slides over the metallic shaft to create a seal/leak guard between the head and your water heater. The quantity and type of elements are dependent upon the size of the unit. Residential units will typically have one or two elements, while commercial units may have up to nine elements (see image on right for example element).

 

 

 

 

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#WomenWednesdays | June-July 2019 Recap

As summer slowly draws to an end, we could not be more thankful for the AMAZING women who have become a part of our #WomenWednesdays campaign. June and July served as an amazing transition period for the campaign as we officially branded the campaign with the color yellow (to let you know that there is positivity on your news feed!) and had the opportunity to do a special month long series on Women in HVAC (thanks to the incredible Women in HVACR Facebook Group). Keep reading for more inspirational stories and advice from these business owners and HVAC technicians below!  Please be sure to support these small business owners by visiting their social media links and/or websites as well.

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Iowa Service Area Grows | Meet Tom of Clarion, IA

We are proud to finally have our blog back in the mix, with this announcement! Since early 2018, we have provided "Frantz" Lumber Sign with uswhpro Truckservice to customers across the border in Eastern Iowa, especially around the Davenport area. Over the last year, we have been working to provide a larger area of service coverage in the state, which has led us to our newest team/family member, Tom! He is based out of Clarion, located in North Central Iowa, our newest gateway to the west. One of Tom’s goals is to see complete coverage of the state of Iowa and continued service expansion out west to Nebraska, coupled with the development of a team of local service technicians.

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A.O. Smith Discontinues BTH 200 Series | No Blower Feedback & MORE

As of mid-2019, A.O. Smith has discontinued the BTH 200/201 Series Cyclone Mxi units to its discontinued product line.

This discontinuation includes, but is not limited to the following models: BTH 120(A)-250(A) and BTH 300(A)-500(A) (the full list of A.O. Smith units that are no longer in production can be found here).

The Cyclone Mxi series first started production back in 1996, as a part of A.O. Smith’s ever increasing effort to increase the thermal efficiency of their units via engineering and production methodology. With 95%+ thermal efficiency, A.O. sold over 250,000 Cyclone Mxi units between 1996 and 2015 alone. We typically tend to service these commercial water heaters in various restaurants, salons, spas, medical care facilities, and local businesses across
the Midwest.

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Michigan Water Heater Service Department Grows

We are proud to announce that our USWHPRO family has expanded once again! Our newest technician, John, will become the head of our Michigan service department in the coming months, following his A.O. Smith University Commercial Water Heater and Boiler Start-up Certification. John is currently based in Baldwin, Michigan, bringing almost 20 years of mechanical experience to the table: with 19 years in the HVAC-R industry and an Associate’s Degree in HVAC-R from Ferris State University, the nation’s top school for HVAC-R! (Be sure to check out John’s pictures from his recent visit to his alma mater below!)

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Water Heater Repair in Peoria, IL | Coming Soon!

We are proud to announce that our USWHPRO family has expanded, with the addition of a new service technician, Curtis. He will be our primary service technician in the Peoria area, bringing an impressive mechanical background to the table, while continuing to grow his skills at an upcoming A.O. Smith University training seminar for Commercial Water Heater Installation Certification. Curtis has been diligently training with our technicians over the last several weeks, as well as impressing our U.S. Facilities staff with his skill level and adaptability.

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Fracasos de ventilación | Parte II

**Este artículo fue editado por: Dra. Munia Cabal-Jiménez ** 

Aviso: Este artículo refiere a calentadores estadounidenses.

¡Consulte las regulaciones de su país y del fabricante ANTES de comprar su calentador de agua!

En marzo, nuestro técnico Jack fue despachado a Morris, Illinois al recibir una llamada de solicitud de servicio de Rheem. Cuando llegó al sitio, inspeccionó el calentador. Se sorprendió al encontrar que el calentador estándar atmosférico (Standard Atmospheric) había sido ventilado a través de una pared con un respiradero de la secadora. Con ese descubrimiento, la llamada que, en principio requería un servicio simple, se convirtió en una posible amenaza a la vida del propietario. | Aviso: Vamos a explicar la jerga industrial en nuestro artículo.Si no conoce que significa “Standard Atmospheric” ¡aquí va a discubrirlo! 

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Fracasos de ventilación | Parte I

**Este artículo fue editado por: Dra. Munia Cabal-Jiménez ** 

Aviso: Este artículo refiere a calentadores estadounidenses.

¡Consulte las regulaciones de su país y del fabricante ANTES de comprar su calentador de agua!

Los problemas con el respirador de su calentador son más comunes de lo que piensa

Durante esta primera mitad de 2019, nuestros técnicos han visto varios calentadores con ventilación incorrecta. La mayoría estuvieron en Wisconsin, pero este es un problema a través del mundo. Por eso, decidimos convertir lo negativo en positivo y tomar esta oportunidad para enseñar a nuestros clientes sobre los sistemas de ventilación.

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#WomenWednesdays | April-May 2019

From coders to country singers, we have been EXTREMELY fortunate to have the opportunity to grow our networking community and to be inspired by five amazing women! Our #WomenWednesdays campaign began back in March, as a way to celebrate Women’s History month. We sought to listen to women in various fields who have successfully overcome adversity in the workplace, which has enabled them to strive as business leaders and owners. We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with each of these women and their businesses. Please be sure to click their links and support each of their businesses!

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Flood Damaged Water Heaters | Everything You Need to Know

Before we jump into water heaters…

As our Missouri based technician, James, prepares to return to his home state, our hearts go out to all those who have been affected by the massive floods and tornadoes across the Midwest. Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma have been experiencing tornadoes and flooding which has traversed the Midwest (as far north as the Dakotas and as far west as Nebraska) since March. Here’s how YOU can help!: The Red Cross provides communities with temporary shelters, water, and other supplies. You can donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800 RED CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The Missouri Farm Bureau is a non-profit organization which seeks to provide resources for students, FFA chapters, and agricultural education departments via donations. If you are unable to donate, please consider sharing a donation link via social media or volunteering for the Red Cross or other organizations.

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