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[ad#block] Electrical Question: I am renting a house that was turned into 2 units, our unit being the largest. This winter we had to heat with electric heaters, and noticed that when we had two heaters plugged in the electric went out, that is when we realized the entire house including our half, was on the same circuit,  except for some of the kitchen.

Thank you for reading and your time!

This home electrical repairs question came from: Melissa, in Brazil, Indiana.

Additional Comments: Helpful.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical troubleshooting question Melissa.

Plugin Space Heaters and Electrical Circuit Load

Application: Installing a 240 Volt Baseboard Heater Circuit
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced, Best installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
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.
Precaution: Identify the panel circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional circuit wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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Hi Melissa – Great Question!

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2 Responses to “How Electric Heaters can be a Problem for Renters”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Thanks Chris,
    Thanks for your input – very much appreciated!
    Dave

  2. Chris says:

    Good recommendations from your site, just a spelling or word usage tip is it weather or whether? I wish there was a grammar check app.