220V base board heat


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Old 10-10-10, 03:02 PM
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220V base board heat

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New to forum and have done some minor electrical work. I am doing a 10X12 shed over that already had power and heat. I am swapping out the 220V base board heat panel with a new one. The new panel is about 6ft and rated at 22A, the breaker in my panel is 20A. Can I swap out the 20A for a 30A breaker with out any problems? Or do they may 220 panels rated lower than 22A? Thanks in advance for any help
 
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Old 10-10-10, 03:12 PM
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No! <-- (you and your shed on fire)

Unless you have #10 wire you must either upgrade the circuit with the proper wire or buy a smaller heater.

A 6' base board heater should only be 1500 watts. Even at 120 volts that is only 12 amps. What is your heater name and model?
 
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Old 10-10-10, 03:52 PM
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Thanks, the heater is a home depot model Cadet 6 ft. Electric Baseboard Heater, 1500 Watt, 240 Volt, White - 6F1500W at The Home Depot

It need the mounted thermostat that is rated at 22A, that is where I am confused.
 
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Old 10-10-10, 04:12 PM
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That is the maximum amps that the T-stat can control.
 
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Old 10-10-10, 04:31 PM
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watts divided by voltage equals amps.

1500 watts÷240 volts=6.25 amps
 
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Old 10-10-10, 05:07 PM
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Yup, your existing 20 amp circuit should be able to handle that just fine. Is that the only heater on that circuit?
 
 

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