Would like a Timer for my Space Heater

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Old 03-15-14, 06:17 PM
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Would like a Timer for my Space Heater

Hi. Newbie here...

I have a space heater in my work-at-home office. No matter how hard I try, sometimes I leave it on all night, or when I step out for 5 minutes that turns into 3 hours.

I would like to put it on a timer so it will turn off after so much time (an hour would be optimal).

I have seen several outlet timers that would do the trick EXCEPT... the space heater is 1500W, and the timers are rated at 1000W or lower.

Space Heater Details:
Holmes Model HFH432WGL
120V AC, 60 Hz, 1500W
Confirms to UL STD. 1278

Thanx in advance for any suggestions.

feenyman99
 
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Old 03-15-14, 06:25 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Yes, the biggest problem will be finding a timer that will handle the wattage. The next obstacle will be remembering to set the timer to countdown your absence. If you can remember to set the timer, you should be able to remember to just turn off the heater and use the money you would spend on a timer for lunch
 
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Old 03-15-14, 06:38 PM
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Can you change it to a switched outlet?

You could use a spring wound timer, like for a bathroom. These are rated 20 amp resistive:

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Old 03-15-14, 07:29 PM
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Occupancy sensor and a N/O contractor with a 120 volt coil.
 
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Old 03-16-14, 05:11 AM
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Occupancy sensor? Naaa. We had those at a place I worked at once....in the bathrooms. Go into a stall and the sensor ceases to "sense" you and it turns off the lights...no windows . I am afraid sitting still may turn it off, and a slight movement would turn it on. Probably wear out the coil in short order.
 
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Forgetting to set the timer would be no problem... If I get cold, I'll remember :-)

I have seen outlet timers that automatically shut OFF after one hour. People use them for curling irons and coffee makers, etc. This would be perfect for my need but, again, they are all rated below 1500W.

Thx...
 
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Old 03-16-14, 06:22 AM
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A contactor with 120 volt coil could be used in conjunction with a timer to increase the amperage the timer can handle. can handle. Example: 1 Pole 20 Amp 120 Volt Coil Definite Purpose HVAC Single Pole Contactor.
 
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Intermatic TN311 15 Amp Heavy Duty Grounded Timer - Amazon.com

Search for heavy duty or appliance timer. I'm pretty sure the timer I have for my dehumidifier is one of these and I bought it at the local big box.

Or something like this: NSI Industries A506HW A Series Springwound Auto Off In-Wall Time Switch, 6 Hours Timer Length, White: Amazon.com: Industrial & Scientific
 
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Google "timer power strip" - This one is rated at 1800 Watts.

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This Belkin device looks Perfect! I just ordered it. Should be here in a few days. Muchias gracias!!
 
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Old 03-28-14, 09:28 AM
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Just what the Dr. ordered

Just an epilogue...

I received the Belkin outlet timer and it is PERFECT. I no longer accidentally leave the space heater on for hours when i'm not in my office.

Thx for all the replies and ideas.

feenyman99
 
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