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Old 03-11-19, 01:52 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by ChetT View Post
Todd - That's certainly true for a fuel powered boiler as the heat would go out with the exhaust but not so with electric. The conversion from electricity to heat will still be 100% but the coated resistance heat element will just convert less electricity.
the only way a resistance heater can convert less electricity to heat is by lowering the supply voltage. otherwise, the element just runs hotter until a new equilibrium is reached, with the surface temp of the scale on the element being roughly the same as the surface temp of a clean element.

eventually it runs hot enough where the element fails.
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