Electrical Wiring for Energy Efficient Heaters
Do energy efficient fan heaters need a special circuit? Electrical power requirements for energy efficient heaters.
Electric Heater Circuit
Electrical Question: Does an energy efficient fan heater need a special circuit?
- I purchased two energy efficient fan heaters to heat up a room that has base board heaters that are not efficient and don’t work well.
- Is there a way to hard wire these heaters to the wiring for the base board heater?
This electrical wiring question came from: Darryl, a Homeowner from Charlotte, North Carolina.
See more about Home Wiring for North Carolina
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Darryl.
Circuit for an Electric Heater
Application: Wiring an Electric Heater Circuit.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and install electrical circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the heater circuit in the panel, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring connections.
Notice: Installing an additional heater circuit should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Energy Efficient Heater Circuit
Darryl, in order to safely hard wire the new energy efficient fan heaters, it would depend on if they are portable or not, and if the manufacturer states that they are allowed to be hard wired or not.
- If the heaters are allowed to be hard wired and the baseboard heaters are no longer used then the circuit for the baseboard heaters may be used after the baseboard heaters are removed, and if it is found that the circuit is compatible with the electrical requirements of the new energy efficient fan heaters.
- The circuit voltage and amperage will need to be identified and examined to see if it is in fact compatible.
More about Electrical Circuit Wiring
Home electrical wiring projects with pictures and wiring diagrams.
Electrical Wire for the Home
Complete listing of electrical wire types and parts used for home projects with electrical code information serves as selection guidelines.
Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Savings
Here are some great ways to start saving energy right away for very little investment compared to the savings you will realize.
Home Electrical Safety
A new approach to keep kids and electricity apart with hopes to prevent children from being injured by electricity.
Installing Baseboard Electric Heaters
Sizing and Installing Baseboard Electric Heaters with Detailed Step-by-Step Pictures and Instructions. Chart shows how to plan for your baseboard heating unit.
Be Careful and Be Safe - Never Work on Energized Circuits!
Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
The Safest Way to Test Electrical Devices and Identify Electric Wires!The Non-Contact Electrical Tester
This is a testing tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and is the first test tool I grab to help identify electrical wiring. It is a Non-contact tester that I use to easily Detect Voltage in Cables, Cords, Circuit Breakers, Lighting Fixtures, Switches, Outlets and Wires. Simply insert the end of the tester into an outlet, lamp socket, or hold the end of the tester against the wire you wish to test. Very handy and easy to use.
The Quickest Way to Check for Faulty Electrical Wiring!The Plug-In Outlet Tester
This is the first tool I grab to troubleshoot a problem with outlet circuit wiring. This popular tester is also used by most inspectors to test for power and check the polarity of circuit wiring.
It detects probable improper wiring conditions in standard 110-125 VAC outlets Provides 6 probable wiring conditions that are quick and easy to read for ultimate efficiency Lights indicate if wiring is correct and indicator light chart is included Tests standard 3-wire outlets UL Listed Light indicates if wiring is incorrect Very handy and easy to use.
Strip Off Wire Insulation without Nicking and Damaging the Electric Wire!The Wire Stripper and Wire Cutter
My absolute favorite wire stripping tool that I have had in my personal electrical tool pouch for years, and this is the tool I use to safely strip electrical wires.
This handy tool has multiple uses:
The wire gauges are shown on the side of the tool so you know which slot to use for stripping insulation.
The end of the tool can be used to grip and bend wire which is handy for attaching wire onto the screw terminals of switches and outlets..
The wire stripper will work on both solid and stranded wire. This tool is Very Handy and Easy to Use.
|« How to Solve the Problem of Tripping Circuit Breakers||Fix an Electrical Circuit for a Sump Pump or Septic Pump »|