Garage Heater


Old 10-01-09, 09:21 AM
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Garage Heater

Installing a 5k watt garage heater and was wondering if it is acceptable to just wire from the panel (30 amp d pole breaker)
to the heater with no switch in the middle?

Essentially using the breaker as the switch.

The reason I'm asking is because the sub panel in which i'm coming out of is like 3 feet from where the heater will be mounted.

The heater has a thermostat on the front and I believe if you turn it all the way down it's off??? but I'm not exactly sure.
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Old 10-01-09, 10:07 AM
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From a code perspective, you don't need an additional shut-off switch. You need a shut-off in sight of the device, which in your case is the breaker.

I would confirm this heater does have an off position, because you don't want to be using the breaker every day to turn the heater on and off.
Old 10-01-09, 11:41 AM
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A breaker within line-of-sight that is rated SWD (switching duty) counts as a disconnect switch. Most modern breakers carry that rating.

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