The biggest safety precaution to take when de-scaling an electric kettle with vinegar is to ensure that the heating element does not get wet. In addition, some kettle manufacturers note that vinegar should not be boiled ... More » Home & Garden Cleaning

Electric kettles work through a shielded heating element, activated when the kettle is plugged into an outlet. They shut themselves off automatically when the water reaches a specific temperature, boiling water faster th... More »

Clean a copper kettle by washing it with soap and water, boiling a vinegar-water mix to remove scale inside, and then applying a paste of salt, vinegar and flour to remove tarnish from the copper. Wash the kettle again, ... More »

High-limit thermostats are safety devices that prevent electric clothes dryers from overheating by cutting off power to the heating element. During normal operation, the dryer's primary thermostat maintains a safe temper... More » Home & Garden Heating & Cooling

An electric wall heater uses a heating element and is powered by electricity, rather than oil or gas. The heating element in this type of heater consists of a resistor that has an electric current passing through it, and... More »

The bimetallic strip on an iron serves as a thermostatic switch to stop electricity from flowing to the heating element once the appliance reaches the desired temperature. The differences in the coefficients of expansion... More »

There are many reasons an electric dryer might not heat up, and the most common reason is the heating element needs to be replaced. Another possibility is that it is being plugged into a low voltage outlet. More »