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Thread: wire size in heating elements
01-25-2006, 12:37 AM #1Regular Guest
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I need to determine the approximate wire size used in a space heating element (my ancient heat pump). I estimate the length of the coiled element to be approximately 35 inches. The coil is U-shaped with a spacing of 5 inches. The input voltage/current is 240VAC at 50 Amps. The cold resistance is between 10 and 11 ohms on the 3 elements still intact. My best SWAG is #26 but I could be way off base.
Yup, I know I could take the elements out and measure everything, but that would be WAY too easy. Hopefully one of the HVAC experts out there can provide some input??
01-25-2006, 04:08 AM #2
A. Thats not wire.
B. Have a contractor come and fix your back up heat for you.Contractor locator map
How many times must one fix something before it is fixed?
01-25-2006, 05:03 AM #3Professional Member*
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Way Off Base = BurnOriginally posted by ftb
My best SWAG is #26 but I could be way off base.
Hopefully one of the HVAC experts out there can provide some input??
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01-25-2006, 06:02 AM #4
say it ain't so...am I dreaming or am I imagining what I just read from the OP....man it is to early for this
01-25-2006, 07:24 AM #5
if you're getting those ohm readings then there's no need to replace the elements. Have someone come and fix it for you.R2B4BTU
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