Electric heater/thermostat for stairwell ?

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Old 01-07-19, 12:32 AM
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Electric heater/thermostat for stairwell ?

Heater is broken and discontinued would like to replace with a electrical heater that has a programmable thermostat so it's not running that much during the day .I cannot find a product do u guys have any suggestions.

I also thought of putting a line voltage thermostat but the wires are barried. If I did find them where would I place the thermostat in this space ?? At the top of the stairs or closer the heater ??

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Old 01-07-19, 09:13 AM
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Most of the time a stairwell is a bad place for a thermostat as the temperatures don't match the living areas.

What wires do you have now? Most electric furnaces use low voltage controls. If line voltage then easy to add a fan control center to provide low voltage R, C, W connections.
 
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Old 01-07-19, 09:19 AM
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Its 240v .
what u mean by r c w ?
I dont wanna start tearing up drywall tho to run stuff .....??
 
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R, C, W are designations for standard low voltage heating controls.

What thermostat do you have now and what kind of wires are feeding it?
 
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Old 01-07-19, 09:57 AM
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I DONT have a thermostat. The unit has a built in thermostat. But I cannot find another similar one .

that's why I considered a line voltage thermostat but the electrical wires are hidden behind drywall . So I guess I have to find another unit like this
 
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You could put a (line voltage) thermostat in an outlet box near the floor next to the heater and where the wires come out from the wall for the heater.

The built in thermostat for an electric baseboard heater works the same way as a wall mount line voltage thermostat.
 
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The picture doesn't have much detail. Is that the heater at the bottom of the steps? What model/size is it and what part is broken?
 
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Old 01-07-19, 10:48 AM
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Yes that's the heater at the bottom of the steps it's a garrison 052-2025-6

Thermostats level with heater will always read colder then the area is ??
 
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That is a 1500watt/240v heater that is basically disposable. The replacement model shows on clearance for $43 - https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/g...2513p.html#srp - reviewers say is junk so reflects your failure.

Depending on lots of factors the thermostat might read warmer or colder depending on how the air circulates.
 
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Old 01-07-19, 11:45 AM
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Almost any other wall mount heater will work for you and have better reliability. Since no good ones have a programmable thermostat built in the hard part will be installing an electrical box to mount a wall thermostat. I would mount it at switch level for convenience.

https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.w...001050079.html
 
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Mount thermostat above heater at switch level??
 
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When you take the heater off the wall...... it's either surface mounted or partially recessed into the wall. This would be the time to install a wall mounted thermostat above the heater. It is the easiest time to run thru the wall from the heater to a box.

This is workable but not 100% ideal as the thermostat directly over the heater will be partially influnced by rising heat. Since those heaters are fan forced.... it should be ok.
 
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what a deal....hot air rises...quickly...as suggested, any thermostat should be above the heater, but I suspect the rising heat will seldom trip the stat because the heater fan and airflow are all away from it...that is also the reason it wants to run all the time.....are you sure the old one is bad and not just subject to the cold air coming down the stairs?
line stats can be problematic....
 
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