removing electric baseboard heating

Old 01-04-05, 04:53 PM
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removing electric baseboard heating

I recently bought a home where there is electric baseboard heating in every room. There is a central system for a/c and heat (heat is gas). I've heard it is so expensive to run the baseboard heating that I'm sure I won't be using it. As far as I know its still working and has electricity running to them... I would like to remove them. I read a recent thread about this and the person basically must have had the heaters w/no hot wires... Mine are hot. My husband is extremely familiar with electricity so I have a "pro"... how would this work? If we take them off the walls, etc... how would we take care of the wires - getting rid of them... etc Please help if you can.
Old 01-04-05, 05:01 PM
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Turn of the power at the breaker.
Remove the wries from the breaker.
Remove the baseboards from the wall.
If you think you will never use them again then you could cut the iwres off flush and cover the box. Otherwise you can cap the ires push them back in the box and put a cover on it.
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First of all, do not do anything until you have experienced a complete winter. I have gas heat in my house, and wish that I had an electric baseboard in several rooms. Older homes (and you didn't say how old your home is) tend to have cold spots, so do some newer ones.

You also have to consider alternate sources of heat. Does the home have a fireplace? Is the fireplace in the same room as the thermostat? If I use my fireplace, my furnace doesn't run, because the living room (where the fireplace is) gets nice and warm from the fireplace.

So I would wait a while before doing anything. You wouldn't want to remove the heaters only to find out that you really want one or two of them.

Anyway, to answer your question. The easiest thing to do is to remove the heaters, but leave the wires in the walls. As long as you disconnect the wires at the circuit breaker panel you can leave them in the walls abandoned. You might want to mark them (as to where they go, and that they are no longer used, and possibly even take digital pictures of everything before you start. The wiring could be used again if you decided to add a smaller heater later on.

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