if you plug heater directly into wall, you could watch and see if it heats. Test heater vs controls
Looks right to me. I would twist wires more so they stay under screw better. Would try plugging directly into plug. Ground looks fine
Seems to be heating a bit slow.
You need to look for where you're loosing heat/energy
- check voltage over (v) (voltmeter require) & current (I) through (ammeter) heater element.
--- check terminals are properly fastened - loose terminals = volt drop
--- check supply cable thickness.
- check insolation of FT - radiative/convection/conduction heat loss i.e. what else are you also heating
- check insolation of basement - keep heat in room?
|mass to be heated||kg||m||4550.0||4550.0|
|water heat capacity||J/kg.K||c||4200.0||4200.0|
|Time to temp||s||t=Q/P_heater||2548.0||127400.0|
Peter actually put that info together for you.
A meter is truly the best way to test this, but one sure fire sign that your wire is too small is it will be warm/hot.
If there is any heat from the wire, it needs to be bigger.
I have a system that I believe holds about 900 gallons of water and i put a 1000 watt heater inline. I achieved about .5 deg temp rise. But this was at neutral external temp, so little to no heat loss. You may need to have a larger element.
With the rig you have set up, you could easily increase the element size. How far away is a 220 volt plug (Dryer? or breaker box?)
Another thought would be a second heating element. You could add another SSR just like what you have and another element and run a quality (12 gauge) Extension cord to the next nearest plug that is on another breaker. This could double your heating capacity for fairly little effort. Do you have a second port in your filter like you installed the first element in?