What Is an Electric Heating Element?


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An electric heating element is generally made from nichrome and can come in the shape of either a coil, ribbon or wire strip. When electricity is introduced into the heating element, its internal temperature increases and grows red hot as it begins to radiate heat outward.

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The material used to make a typical heating element, nichrome, is an alloy that is made up of 20 percent chromium and 80 percent nickel. This alloy doesn't oxidize at high temperatures and has a melting point at 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit. As of 2015, heating elements can be used as either a bare attachment or inside a ceramic material to add to its durability.

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