Broan heat/fan/light combo


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Old 01-17-15, 04:55 PM
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Broan heat/fan/light combo

Unit calls for 12 gauge ,house is wired 14 . Is it at all possible to change the last wire in the circuit to a 12 gauge ? Currently the heat trips the 15 amp breaker .
Its running on 14 gauge wire througout . I missed the 12 gauge part of it on the instructions.
 
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Old 01-17-15, 05:45 PM
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No, you cannot change the last leg of run to #12. Besides, it would do you no good.
This type of fixture calls for a dedicated circuit, it's using too much power to be shared with any other devices.
 
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Old 01-17-15, 06:11 PM
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I didnt think it would. Now,would it be at all possible to somehow splice the 12 gauge with the 12 gauge wire from the bathroom outlet? Those circuits are 12awg/20 amps.
 
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Old 01-17-15, 07:41 PM
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Now,would it be at all possible to somehow splice the 12 gauge with the 12 gauge wire from the bathroom outlet?
No, If the manufacturer says a dedicated circuit then by NEC you must follow the manufacturers instructions. This unit has A 1500 watt heater that draws 12.5 amps and cannot be wired with the receptacle. You need a new dedicated 20 amp circuit.
 

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Old 01-18-15, 09:54 PM
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But it would work? Just the code states otherwise? Technically,my outlets arent used anyways at all,and the heater will not always be on.
 
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Old 01-18-15, 10:56 PM
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This forum will not give out advice contrary to electrical or building codes.
There's almost always a way to get another circuit ran though. Some houses are easier than others and we can help you there.
 
 

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