Installing a Electric Water Heater Circuit


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Wire a Water Heater Circuit: We are installing the wiring for an electric water heater circuit and we need to make sure we are using the right wire size.


Guide to Wiring a Water Heater

Electrical Question: We are installing the wiring for an electric water heater circuit and we need to make sure we are using the right wire size.

My questions about our water heater project are:

This will be inspected, and we are working under a permit.

Thank you!

This electrical wiring question came from: Cheri, a Homeowner from Wichita, Kansas.

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

How to Wire a Water Heater Circuit

electric water heater

Application: Wiring a 240Volt Electric Water Heater.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor. Work in electrical panels is not recommended for homeowners, non-experienced individuals or non-electricians.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, electric drill, auger bits and extension cord as needed depending on the scope of the project.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install 240 volt electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the main circuit of the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring or installing the 240 volt wiring and circuit breaker.
Notice: Installing an additional 240 volt circuit should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Electric Water Heater Circuit

The following is an example of installing an electrical circuit for a 240 volt electric water heater in a home:

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