PTC Heaters Versus Traditional Heating Technology
February 21, 2022 at 12:30 AM
Image of a PTC heater in operation.

Heating elements in appliances can be a significant cost that compromises your bottom line. Traditional heating technology can be ineffective with poorer performance than a positive temperature coefficient heater. By selecting the right heating element, you can increase the lifespan of your product. Learn more about how positive temperature coefficient heaters work versus traditional heating technology.

Lower internal temperature

Traditional heating elements can get close to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit while they're in operation. Those high temperatures impact almost every aspect of your product while it's running. Resistance coils that generate the heat can be prone to overheating, requiring replacement and repair as appliances and products age.

PTC heaters operate more efficiently, at almost half the temperature of traditional heating elements. Positive temperature coefficient heaters use around 518 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lower temperatures increase the safety of a product during operation, with reduced risk of overheating because the design doesn't include resistance wire but fast cooling "stones" made of polycrystalline ceramic.

Lower temps mean longer lasting

Traditional thinking might lead to the belief that the hotter an element gets, the better the heating power. But there are several downsides to the super-hot standard heating technology of resistance wires. In addition to safety risks from overheating, those super-high temperatures take a toll not just on the heating elements but on your product as a whole.

When PTC heaters operate at a lower overall temperature, they take less of a toll on the heating element and the product in which they’re running. Positive temperature coefficient heaters extend the lifespan of your products by reducing the overall wear and tear created by high-temperature heating elements.

Everything from the heating element to the surrounding components degrade faster in high temps. The difference between traditional heating elements and positive temperature coefficient is not subjecting the product to extreme heat during operation but making the most of lower, more effective heating.

Less downtime and fewer repairs

When a heating element overheats and breaks, it can cause a shutdown for the entire product or appliance. When you products require frequent repair from a technician, it can damage your brand's reputation.

When you use a PTC heater instead, there are fewer incidents of overheating that can cause downtime and require repair. New heating technology only generates the required heat and provides better temperature regulation. When a PTC heater meets its target temperature, it stops heating, persevering the product's lifespan overall.

Better temperature uniformity

Traditional heating elements simply turn on and reach extreme temperatures, creating hot spots in the appliance and poor temperature uniformity. While conventional heating elements get hot, they don't always get the right amount of heat where it needs to go. Uneven heating can also cause unpredictable wear on an appliance or product.

PTC heaters operate at a lower overall temperature but also with better uniformity. Making the switch to new heating technology empowers your product or appliance to perform better overall. Sisler Companies has proprietary PTC heater technology that offers better performance, improved regulation, and more predictable temperature uniformity.

Sisler Companies designs PTC heaters that deliver unparalleled performance.

Sisler Companies comprises a global network of basic and advanced component services, including receiving, storage, and more. Our team is located across time zones and speaks diverse languages, ensuring we can support companies regardless of where they're located. We're here to help managers and organizational leadership solutions to eliminate inefficiencies and optimize their bottom line. Because we have strategic locations near major appliance manufacturers, we're able to deliver industry-leading reliability and timely delivery.

Contact our team to learn more about how our patented technology improves existing heating technology with efficient, high-performance PTC heaters.