How does an electric heat element make heat

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asked May 30, 2017 in Engineering by Onnt (200 points)
How does an electric heat element work?

Why doesn't it shock us if it's submersed in water?

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answered Jun 1, 2017 by Mechanic21 (29,150 points)
An electric element works on resistance.

It's basically a controlled short. If you were to put the hot and neutral together on a wire without a breaker or fuse then the wire would heat up and glow.

A heating element is actually insulated so that's why you don't get shocked.

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