Mistakenly used 14/2 wire on baseboard heaters.

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Old 12-02-13, 08:48 AM
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Question Mistakenly used 14/2 wire on baseboard heaters.

Is it possible to run 12/2 from the breaker box to the junction box, and mate the 12/2 to the 14/2...???

Using 20amp breakers.

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Old 12-02-13, 09:11 AM
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Is it possible to run 12/2 from the breaker box to the junction box, and mate the 12/2 to the 14/2...???

Using 20amp breakers.
Yes, it is possible, but it is also a code violation. The breaker would have to be changed to 15 amps to be compliant.
 
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Old 12-02-13, 09:18 AM
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Ok, thanks. I will simply leave the line as is, swap out the 20 breaker for a 15, and call the line 'full'.

I have 2500 watts, 240volts, 141/2 wire, and it'll now be a 15amp breaker.

Good to go..??


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Old 12-02-13, 09:30 AM
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I have 2500 watts, 240volts, 141/2 wire, and it'll now be a 15amp breaker.

Good to go..??
2500W/240V=10.42A Yes, good to go.
 
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Old 12-02-13, 09:32 AM
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I have 2500 watts, 240volts, 141/2 wire, and it'll now be a 15amp breaker.

Good to go..??
Yes, by NEC. You are in Canada, but I don't think it's a problem there either.
 
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I think I understand the flaw in my logic(I use the term loosely)

I had figured that since each heater was on a single standalone line, that I only had to count the wattage on that separate line, the highest being 750 watts @240.

I now see the error of my ways and I thank you all kindly.
 
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Old 12-02-13, 10:50 AM
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Yep --- good to go as long as the 15 amp breaker is in place for safety and legality requirements.
 
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