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Baseboard Heater Electric Circuit

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

What Size Circuit Does a Baseboard Heater Need to Have: Electrical Circuit Requirements for a Baseboard Heater.

Electrical Circuit for a Baseboard Heater

Electrical Question: Can I simply pull out a 120v outlet and use the wiring for a 120v baseboard heater?

Thank you much for your time.

This electrical wiring question came from Phil, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
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Additional Comments: Great site.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Phil.

Circuit Requirements for a Baseboard Heater

Application: Wiring a 120 Volt baseboard Heater Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and a Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the panel circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Electrical Circuit for a 120 Volt Baseboard Heater

Baseboard heaters come in a variety of sizes, therefore the specific electrical circuit requirement will depend on the baseboard heater that is selected. Because of the amount of  electrical consumption required for electric heating units a dedicated circuit is typically installed.
Note: 240 volt baseboard heating units will perform better than 120 volt units because they will heat faster and use the electrical power more efficiently.

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