electric baseboard heaters

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Old 10-15-02, 10:49 AM
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Unhappy electric baseboard heaters

Im having problems getting my new heaters to heat up, they get warm but not like they should. They are on a 40 double poll breaker with 14.2 wire. The thermostat is hooked like the booklet said (it is directly connected to the heater in one corner) What am i doing wrong . Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Old 10-15-02, 10:58 AM
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TURN THEM OFF !!! Your wire is 2 sizes too small for that 40 amp breaker .Post back with the wattage and voltage of each heater,and we will try to help you with the correct wire and breaker size.
 
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Old 10-15-02, 11:07 AM
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The volt 240/208 and watt 1000/750..
 
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Old 10-15-02, 11:27 AM
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Is this 1- 1000 watt heater and 1 -750 watt heater ?
 
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Old 10-15-02, 02:47 PM
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How many heaters are on the circuit? If there are 4 or less, there should be no problem in getting them to heat unless there is a wiring error. The code only permits 2 1000 watt 240 volt heaters on a 15 amp ciruit. If you only have 2, change the breaker to 15 amps and troubleshoot the circut. How are they wired? It sounds like you have them connected in series and they should be in parallel.
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Old 10-15-02, 09:21 PM
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The volt 240/208 and watt 1000/750..



your heater supplies 1000 watts of heat at 240 volts or 750 watts at 208 volts. You need the heater connected to a 2 pole 15 amp breaker with the wire size you used. 1000 watts of heat is roughy equal to what the average toaster puts out that's why it doesn't seem to be too hot
 
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Old 10-15-02, 10:00 PM
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Mike134,
Cappy is talking multiple heaters on 14-2 w/40amp breaker.
He uses the terms.."my new heaters " and " They ".

We don't know how many heaters he is talking about.
 
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Old 10-16-02, 09:58 AM
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There are two heaters and sorry hubby told me wrong wire size , it is on 10.2 wire with ground. Each one is wired seperately.
 
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Old 10-16-02, 11:02 AM
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What is meant by each one is wired separately ?Are you saying that you have two separate circuits (1 for each heater )each circuit being a 240 volt 40 amp 0n # 10 wire ?
 
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Old 10-16-02, 11:03 AM
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yes that is correct.
 
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Old 10-16-02, 11:11 AM
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Cappy,
For starters ,The breaker is too large to protect the wire and could become a fire hazard.It need to be changed to a 30amp or smaller.(15amp would work )

How is the connected to the heaters?Is it a double pole or single pole thermostat. Post back and describe what you have.Wire colors ,connections,# of wires,ran from where to where,and anything that you feel may be useful in diagnosing the problem.
 
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Old 10-16-02, 03:24 PM
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The thermostat is a double pole with off position 22 amp @ 120-240volts. it is a built in line voltage baseboard thermostat with a black and red wire on top and bottom. black on red, red on white on bottom side, topside is red on black and black on black,with grounding wire
 
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Old 10-16-02, 03:28 PM
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red wire coming from the heater is connected to the black wire on the bottom of thermostat, red wire on the bottom of thermostat is connected to the neutral wire, the red wire on the top of the thermostat is connected to the hot wire comming into the box, the black wire on top is connected to the black wire that is in the heater. i hope this will help.
 
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Old 10-16-02, 08:30 PM
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You said that the circuit was a double pole breaker,yet you mention only 1 hot wire and 1 neutral. Is the circuit 120 volts or 240 volts ?
 
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