Electric baseboard heat


Old 01-19-05, 11:08 AM
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Electric baseboard heat

I picked up a 6 ft. electric baseboard heater for a 10X10 basement room. It is a 1000watt and pulls 6amps. I've already run a 20amp circuit with 12/2line to a couple outlets. Can I tap into this or does it need to be on a dedicated circuit?

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Old 01-19-05, 11:44 AM
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If the manufacturer's instructions say it must be on a dedicated circuit, then it must be. Otherwise, it probably depends on what's running or might run on the 2 existing outlets. Sounds like this is a free-standing cord-and-plug connected 120 volt unit (although 1000 watts and 6 amps is not particularly consistent with this guess). If so, it most likely does not need a dedicated circuit.

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