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# 3000watts 14/2wire, 240volts, 15amp breaker...???

## 3000watts 14/2wire, 240volts, 15amp breaker...???

#1
12-02-13, 12:53 PM
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3000watts 14/2wire, 240volts, 15amp breaker...???

Seems the 2 750watts heaters I had turned out to be 1000watts each.

Brings my line up to 3000 watts, instead of 2500.

As I understand it, puts me 120 watts over the limit.(according to https://www.icmag.com/modules/Tutori...afety/1655.htm)

Is such an overage a deal breaker...???

Thanks

#2
12-02-13, 12:57 PM
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1000+1000=2000 so why do you say 3000? Reread your other post and don't see mention of a third load. Are there fans?

#3
12-02-13, 01:30 PM
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I have two other, 500 watt heaters on the same line. My mistake in not putting that in the post, sorry.

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12-02-13, 03:45 PM
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1000 watts divided by 240 volts equals 4.1 amps no problem for 14/2. A 15 amp circuit should only be loaded to 80% or 12 amps.

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12-02-13, 04:10 PM
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The total wattage on that line is 3000, or 12.5 amps.

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12-02-13, 04:18 PM
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Suggest a new 15a feed to the heater easiest to run a cable to.

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12-02-13, 04:44 PM
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Is such an overage a deal breaker...???
Yep --- afraid it is.

The heaters are considered *continious* load , therefore both the conductors and breaker would have to be sized to accomodate 125% rating.

3000W /240 = 12.5 amps X 1.25 = 15.625 amps

which means 12/2 cable throughout the circuit and a 20 amp double pole common trip breaker.

#8
12-02-13, 05:10 PM
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Ok, thanks guys. I'll take one 500 off that line and put it on another line, that have 12 gauge to start with.

I was certain I had bought 12/2.... somehow ended up with 14/2 and didn't notice it until I had completed the first line.

Oh well...

Thanks again.