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Electrical Wiring for Energy Efficient Heaters

Do energy efficient fan heaters need a special circuit? Electrical power requirements for energy efficient heaters.

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Electrical Question: Does an energy efficient fan heater need a special circuit?

This electrical wiring question came from: Darryl, a Homeowner from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Dave’s Reply:
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.

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