How to Install an Electric Baseboard Heater How to Install an Electric Baseboard Heater

What You'll Need
An electric box
Ground Cable and wire
Fish tape
Electric baseboard heater(s)
Connectors to join cables
Wire nuts

An electric baseboard heater is a perfect heating solution for every need. This is because electric heating is both efficient and practical. Installing an electric baseboard heater is not a difficult task as it only requires completing a few basic steps to get the heater up and running.

Step 1:  Measure Size of Room

Start by determining the square footage of the room which of course can easily be calculated by multiplying width by length.

Step 1: Find out Total Wattage Required

A rule of thumb in so far as finding the amount of wattage required to heat the room is to use a figure of 10 watts which is sufficient to heat a single square foot for homes that were built in the seventies and later.

Step 3: Learn Whether to Break Up Heaters

It is possible to heat a large area with a 1500 watt heater, but the same results can also be obtained by installing several heaters that provide the same amount of wattage.

Step 4: Determine Numbers and Sizes of Circuits

It certainly will pay to install a 240 volt heater because this will mean having to deal with fewer wires of various sizes and it also reduces the number of circuits required.

Step 5: Place the Thermostat

The best place to place the thermostat is in a safe wall in the interior of the home. Installing them close to any source of heat is dangerous and needs to be avoided completely.

Step 6: Make Provision for 2 Wire Circuits

It is necessary to decide whether to use 15 amp or 20 amp circuits. By determining which the best option is, it is possible to avoid having to fish or snake cables in between different points.

Step 7: Use a Second 2 Wire Cable

After installing the first 2 wires between thermostat and panel, use a second one that is to be installed between baseboard heater and thermostat.

Step 8: Use One More 2 Wire cabling

It is now necessary to do the installation of one more 2 wire cabling that is to be installed between the second heater and the first one. After this step is over, simply repeat the process for all the remaining heaters. Then use proper connectors at the end of each heater. Follow this by pushing the cabling into a connector.

Step 9: Take Out Wire nuts

Take out the wire nuts from the heater’s wires and separate these wires. Connect wires according to colors (black with black, and white with white.) Connect each bare wire to the heater’s green colored screw and then do the same with a single loose wire from the heater which should be connected to the black colored wires. The other wires that are hanging loose from the heater should be connected to the white colored wires. Tighten the wire nuts and then secure the heater to a wall. Do the same for the covers which conceal the wiring compartments. Finally, repeat these steps for all the other heaters.

Lastly, when all the heaters have been installed, it is necessary to give the thermostat a close inspection to see that the side marked as LINE is connected to black/white cable wires. The side marked LOAD should be connected in the same way as was done with the LINE side. To complete the job, simply fold all the wires back into their boxes and then it only requires securing the thermostat.

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