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Did you know that most all major electric household appliances in your home use a heating element for their source of heat?

REFRIGERATOR – That’s right!  Even your refrigerator and icemaker use a heating element.  The refrigerator uses a heating element/defrost heater assembly for the defrost cycle and the icemaker uses a heating element to heat up the icemaker tray so the ice will loosen and can be kicked out at the end of a cycle.

OVEN – Your electric oven uses two different heating elements, it uses a bake element for the bake setting and a broil for the broil setting. The bake element is located on the bottom of the oven’s interior and the broil element is located on the top of the oven’s interior.

STOVE – The electric range, stove or cooktop uses surface element burners or radiant elements.  The coil surface element is a coiled circle shaped heating element that can be accessed from the cooktop of your stove.  The radiant element is underneath a sleek smooth ceramic glass cooktop, only accessible from under the glass.

CLOTHES DRYER – The electric clothes dryer would take days to dry your laundry if it were to just tumble the clothes dry without the help of the dryer heating element.  The dryer’s fan draws in fresh air over the clothes dryers hot heating element then into the drum and circulates the heater air throughout the laundry while it tumbles, the moist air is blown out the clothes dryer exhaust vent in a continuous cycle.

Clothes Dryer Heating Elements

DISHWASHER – The dishwasher has a heating element which helps aid in heating the water for the hot wash and rinse cycles and helps aid drying the dishes in the drying cycle.

HOT WATER HEATER – Your electric hot water heater uses heating elements to heat the water in the tank so you can have warm or hot water ready on demand for showers, baths, washing laundry or just brushing your teeth.

Heating elements do have a life span just like an incandescent light bulb filament will simply burn out with no warning signs at the flip of a switch, so can the heating element in your house hold major appliances.  You don’t have to start looking for a new appliance just because the heating element has burned out.  They are fairly inexpensive to buy and may be replaced fairly easy on some make and models of appliances,