Electric Heater Location & Outlets


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Old 12-29-03, 04:09 PM
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Electric Heater Location & Outlets

I just bought a couple of electric hydronic heaters: Farenheat, (Marley Industries) 2000 watt, 8.3 amp, 240 volt. The unit is 94" long. In the instructions it says not to locate the unit below any receptacles.

I called the company tech support line for a reason on this all they where able to provide is that its a U.L. mandate, nothing else. Any ideas on why the restriction ?
 
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Old 12-29-03, 04:19 PM
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The concern, I believe, is that if someone were to plug anything into one of those receptacles, the cord would be subject to more heat that it could handle. This would be a serious fire hazard.
 
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Old 12-29-03, 04:28 PM
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Not sure of UL but it is an NEC code.
 
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Old 12-29-03, 04:35 PM
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That sounds pretty good to me, they also said curtains and such should be 6" away.

Now comes my fun part, I thought I planned a good outlet layout on my 32' wall. I used an extra outlet than code required for convience purposes, looks like I will have to move an outlet or two. I had placed outlets at apx 4' 12' 20' and 28' now I need to re-think the spacing to allow blank wall space for two 8' base boards.

Thanks for all you help and feedback always, I have learned quite a bit.
 
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Old 12-29-03, 05:11 PM
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8' electric heat can be a pain in the a**. Unless of course you planned on it before hand, which is not usually the case.
 
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Old 12-29-03, 06:46 PM
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Don't I know it now............ When you make a mistake or have to re-do items its called a schooling fee. The 94" baseboards are on the way back to Lowes and will be swaped for 70" baseboards, a little less heat but It still should work and this solution would require no re-work of outlets
 
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Old 12-29-03, 07:12 PM
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Good for you!
Smooth fix!
 
 

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