How to extend the life of strip heaters and tube heaters

How To Extend the Life of Strip Heaters | Thermal Corporation

Stripe heater and tube heater products are essential for keeping frost away from rooms and heat water for home use. Therefore, they are essential which need to be taken care of well. Here are the various ways you can use to prolong your strip heater and tube heater’s lifespan.

By avoiding contamination

Moisture content affects most heater’s operations, and it is one of the most noticeable contaminants that you will not has affected your heaters. When your heater has sufficient moisture content when you want to start it, it may fail to start when you press the power button. The moisture usually built up when the heater has cooled off. It would be best if you avoid storing your heaters in high-humidity places. Keep the insulator’s wires dry all the time, especially if they are hydroscopic. Ensure the wires are dry all the time, especially at the point when they are joining the heater. This may cause failure to start and function.

It is essential that whenever you start your heater, and it fails, the chances are that there is moisture inside, so you need to bake it at 200 degrees temperature for almost 30 minutes to dry the moisture out first. Further, oil can also cause carbonization and cause heaters failure to start when they get inside the heater metal sheath. You need to keep your heaters away from oil too.

Control and avoid excessive cycling

Usually, Thermal Corporation evaluates heaters by cycling the units from 150 degrees to 900 degrees, and they count the cycles to failure. Cycling will reduce your heater’s life because when the temperature becomes higher, the wire part’s surface will oxidize. And when the temperature remains high for long, the oxide coating will protect the wire from a more rapid oxidation process. When you reduce the wire temperatures significantly, the oxide coating will break off as a result of contraction, and then it will expose the fresh metal to more corrosion.

The more you cycle, the more effective it will have on the wire diameter, and it will reduce in size significantly. The resistance of the element will also increase to the point that it will become too hot. When the wire has reached the point where it is too hot, the element wires will melt and break open the circuit, or the insulation around the wire will break down, leading to a short to the sheath.

Avoid over temperature

If you want to ensure that you have an efficient heat temperature on the heating surface, you need to ensure that heaters are clamped down evenly and securely. Supposing your heater is not clamped securely, the heat that the heater generates will not be transferred efficiently. This will cause your heater to operate at a high temperature to transfer the energy it generates. And when your heater runs at a higher temperature, it will be affected, and its lifespan will become short. It would be best if you consider tightening the clamping tabs or clamping straps of your heater after using it for the first time because, by that time, it must have conformed to the surface.