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    Wall Mount/ baseboard heater Code question

    I am remodeling a laundry room and it needs a heater added. Very small room. Was thinking probably a 500 watt. Does it need a dedicated circuit? I have a 20 amp GFCI circuit with 3 outlets on it and that could be dropped to 2 if necessary. Can I use that?

    Does the heater need to be thermostatically controlled?

    Many thanks

    #2
    Welcome to the forum.

    Check out Article 424 for the requirements for baseboard heaters. Specifically see Part III.

    Also you want to look at 210.11(C)(2) for the required laundry circuit.

    Chris

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      #3
      If you do not have a T-stat the heater will run continuously. Also, all baseboard heaters I have used were 240V.
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        #4
        Originally posted by Dennis Alwon View Post
        If you do not have a T-stat the heater will run continuously. Also, all baseboard heaters I have used were 240V.
        I agree with the idea that you need a T-stat or the heater will run continuously. I have installed 120 volt baseboard heaters that included a factory installed T-stat.

        Chris

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          #5
          Thanks guys. I have been looking at a bunch of 120v heaters.

          I appreciate the code reference but can someone just tell me if it needs a dedicated circuit. i don't have a code book with me.

          Thanks

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            #6
            IMO, it does not need to be on separate circuit.
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              #7
              Originally posted by Dennis Alwon View Post
              IMO, it does not need to be on separate circuit.
              I agree, but it can't be installed on the required laundry circuit so in this situation he may need a separate circuit for the heater.

              Chris

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                #8
                Originally posted by Dennis Alwon View Post
                Also, all baseboard heaters I have used were 240V.
                I have installed 120, 208-240 and 277 volt baseboard.

                For a single 500 watt unit I might ask for in 120 so I could tap an existing circuit.

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                  #9
                  In some commercial bathrooms we will not use a thermostat.
                  We install a single pole switch above it. If it gets hot enough they can turn it off.
                  I recommend a timer, but thats on them.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Buck Parrish View Post
                    In some commercial bathrooms we will not use a thermostat.
                    We install a single pole switch above it. If it gets hot enough they can turn it off.
                    I recommend a timer, but thats on them.
                    I think that's a real bad idea. Too easy for someone to forget and leave it on all night. Waste of energy. A wall stat doesn't cost but $20.00 or so.
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                    She inherited a million bucks and when she died it came to me
                    I can't help it if I'm lucky

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by raider1 View Post
                      I agree, but it can't be installed on the required laundry circuit so in this situation he may need a separate circuit for the heater.

                      Chris
                      Why not it is part of the laundry room
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                        #12
                        500 watts seems too smal to even begin to heat a room. Just how small is it
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Jim W in Tampa View Post
                          Why not it is part of the laundry room
                          210.11(C)(2)

                          (2) Laundry Branch Circuits. In addition to the number
                          of branch circuits required by other parts of this section, at
                          least one additional 20-ampere branch circuit shall be provided
                          to supply the laundry receptacle outlet(s) required by
                          210.52(F). This circuit shall have no other outlets.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Buck Parrish View Post
                            In some commercial bathrooms we will not use a thermostat.
                            We install a single pole switch above it. If it gets hot enough they can turn it off.
                            Originally posted by Dennis Alwon View Post
                            I think that's a real bad idea.
                            I agree.

                            Originally posted by Jim W in Tampa View Post
                            Why not it is part of the laundry room
                            Are you planing to plug it is?

                            Originally posted by Jim W in Tampa View Post
                            500 watts seems too small to even begin to heat a room. Just how small is it
                            I agree, we would only use a 500 in a very small bathroom or something like that.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by jumper View Post
                              210.11(C)(2)

                              (2) Laundry Branch Circuits. In addition to the number
                              of branch circuits required by other parts of this section, at
                              least one additional 20-ampere branch circuit shall be provided
                              to supply the laundry receptacle outlet(s) required by
                              210.52(F). This circuit shall have no other outlets.

                              So that reads that in addition to the circuit for the washer?? is that right. SO I have a dedicated circuit for outlets in addition and that cant have anything else?? Mine currently has one outlet on the outside of the room and 2 inside and that was permitted and inspected.

                              Just trying to make sure I am reading that right.?


                              Jim the room is like 90 sq ft and it does really need to even been livable just warm.

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