wiring baseboard heat

Old 09-16-02, 08:05 AM
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wiring baseboard heat

hi guys and or ladies new here hope you can help! Im wanting to run baseboard heat the problem is I only have 100 amp service breaker type and allready have elec. stove,water heater,and dryer i think I may need a bigger service any help in this matter would be appr. need to do it soon weather is going to change soon thanks Cecil
Old 09-16-02, 08:41 AM
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Upgrade to 200A. That is your only answer in this day and age.
Old 09-16-02, 10:02 AM
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I'm afraid you will have to upgrade your service in most cases, you could do a load calculation based on the size of your house and what you have running in it but I know from experience 100 Amps will not be enough possibly 150 will do but if you are going to install 150 the cost of a 200 Amp service is not that much more then you would be protected in the future. If your not sure how to do a load calculation many home wiring books do give you a general idea on doing one, or contacting your local inspecter will be able help you out.
Old 09-16-02, 10:04 AM
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Do you need a bigger service ?Maybe you do,maybe you don't. I'm sure that upgrading to a 200amp service as Gary suggested would probably handle the additional load,but might not be neccessary at all and would just be an additional expense. For all we know from your post, you may be trying to heat a one room cabin or a 10,000sq.ft. home.There are many variables in determining the size of the service.

We will need more info. from you to determine if the service is large enough.
(1) How many watts of heat are you planning on adding?
(2) What is the wattage or amperage of each of the following :stove,dishwasher,dryer,water heater,air conditioning,microwave(if fastened in place)
(3) What is the sq.ft. of house?
(4) Wattage of any existing heat fastened in place

Post back with the answers and I will try to calculate the service for you.

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