Baseboard Electric Heater Circuit Wiring
By Dave Rongey - Summary:|
How to Install a Baseboard Heater Electrical Circuit: I am installing 240 volt baseboard heaters in my home, can I put more than one room or set of heaters on the same breaker?
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Install Wiring for a Baseboard Heater
- I have done the BTU calculations to install the correct size baseboard heater for each room.
- My question is: can I put more than one room or set of heaters on the same breaker, provided the combined amperage does not exceed the breaker amp rating and the wattage’s are not exceeded.
This electrical wiring question came from: Mark, a Electrician from Richmond, Virginia.
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Mark.
Install a Baseboard Heater Circuit
Application: Wiring a Baseboard Heater.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, electric drill, auger bits and extension cord.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Notice: Installing an additional baseboard heater circuit should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
How to Install a Baseboard Heater Electric Circuit
- Baseboard Heater Circuit
Yes Mark, One circuit can be used for more than one baseboard heater in different locations as long as the circuit wire size is the same as the heater unit internal electrical wiring.
- Circuit Breaker
The concern is that the circuit breaker must provide protection for the smallest amperage capacity of any wire that is a part of the circuit.
- Wire Size
This is based upon the heater wire size and the insulation type.
- 240 Volt Baseboard Heater
When installing a 240 volt circuit for baseboard heaters it is very common to have more than one unit on a circuit due to the lower amperage per unit.
Please keep in mind that the manufacturers circuit specifications are the ultimate guide due to the UL Listing.
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