Electrician Insisting on 1500 Watts Undersized?

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Old 10-30-03, 08:01 PM
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Electrician Insisting on 1500 Watts Undersized?

The room is around 195 square feet. He is insisting that I first try 6 feet to see if it will be warm enough. I think he is saying this will save a lot of money b/c then he can fit it on the current circuit .

I asked him about 8 feet of electric baseboard (it would need to be divided into 6 and 2.) He is saying that do 6 first and then he can always add 2. (He says by doing it this way I will potentially save a lot of money on the installation). He charges by the hour and seems like an honest guy.

With a room 195 square feet do I not need 2000 watts of electric baseboard heat?? Should I try this electrician's suggestion or find another electrician.
 
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I think he meant that the 1500 watt could fit on the existing circuit breaker box(hope this makes sense).

Does this not make sense. The circuit breaker box looked almost full.

Perhaps he meant by going with the 1500 watt heater I would be able to fit it on the existing circuit breaker box.

Does it sound like I should have a new circuit breaker box installed?
 
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Old 10-31-03, 06:28 AM
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I think the facts here are rather clouded and we can only guess at what he meant.
Best thing would be to call him to straighten it out.

An experienced electrician should be able to estimate the heat load in a simple room like this,
If you are unsure of his abilities, get a quote from another contrator.
 
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thanks we will be meeting with another electrician.
 
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