What electrical to use for new baseboard heat?


Old 01-02-06, 07:34 PM
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What electrical to use for new baseboard heat?

I am installing electrical baseboard in my basement. The room is 500 sq feet and I dont know what type of breaker to install and what wire will work for the heater. I will have two 8 foot units that are 208 volts 1875 watts or 240 volts and 2500 watts. Do I need to run seperate runs for each ? I am at the point of sheetrock so I need to at least run the wire and if I cant do it myself I will have a electrician wire it into the panel.
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Old 01-02-06, 07:59 PM
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You need a 240 volt breaker. At 2500 watts apiece you will have 5000 watts. That means you need a 30 amp breaker. 30 amps times 240 volts equals 7200 watts. A 30 amp breaker means 10 gage wire. Run 10-2 from the panel to the thermostat location, then to the first unit then to the second unit.

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