Friday, November 26, 2010

PCB Control Boards for Powerstar AE-115 & AE-125

The PCB control board (Printed Circuit Board) is a thermostatically controlled circuit board that allows the electric tankless water heater, model AE115 & AE125 to be manually controlled by a temperature dial that would range in temperature from 86-131 degrees. The PCB in conjunction with a flow transducer enables the PCB to turn on additional elements in the heater as necessary depending on the amount of gallons per minute (gpm) flowing through the heater.

The PCB would recognize many factors in the function of the heater to maintain a steady temperature and all of this is determined on where the temperature knob is set too, the gpm flowing through the heater and the temperature of the incoming ground water.

To obtain the maximum heating potential of the Powerstar electric tankless water heater, it must be wired correctly and have the full required voltage to the unit. The Powerstar AE115 would require 2 independent double pole 40 amp breakers wired with 8 gauge wire and could draw a maximum of 80 amps at full flow through the heater. The Powerstar AE115 would require the home to be supplied with a minimum of a 150 amp service. The Powerstar AE125 would require 3 independent double pole 40 amp breakers wired with 8 gauge wire and could draw a maximum of 120 amps at full flow through the heater. The Powerstar AE125 would require the home to be supplied with a minimum of a 200 amp service.

The maximum inlet water temperature allowed into the heater is 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Powerstar AE-115 & AE-125 have had many upgrades and engineering improvements over the years. In January 2007 the AE-115 & AE-125 went from having copper canisters that contain the heating elements to an upgraded Polymer module. The PCB control board was also upgraded to maintain a more steady temperature that works with the heating elements in the polymer modules.

Below are the designated PCB control board part numbers for the units before and after 2007.

Before 2007 with serial #60A 00000 or lower:
Powerstar AE-115 PCB with copper can units, part #93-793777
Powerstar AE-125 PCB with copper can units, part #93-793778

After 2007 with serial #60A 80000 or higher:
Powerstar AE-115 PCB with polymer units, part #93-793843
Powerstar AE-125 PCB with polymer units, part #93-793844

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