Originally Posted by jetjaguar
I have a small home in So. Cal. Built 1947, concrete slab. We want to install baseboard heaters. A single portable heater is already tripping the breaker.
An Electrician we had called recommended we run new wiring just for the baseboards, so they won't trip other breakers. Maybe even one breaker per heater (6).
My question is, roughly what can I expect in terms of hours to run this cabling with the work that needs to be done on the panel as well? Each heater is 1500 Watts, 240 volts, 5118 BTU. I realize each room is a different distance from the panel, but if someone can give a ballpark estimate, maybe as a function of feet from the panel, that will be very helpful.
thanks in advance,
Questions to ask yourself about the baseboard installation:
How big is the AMPERAGE of the electrical service in the house?
(usually 60, or 100 in an older house like that) If the service is under 100 amps
I would not
recommend any baseboard heat at all.
so, then if your service is 100 amps or over, the second question is:
How many empty panel spaces are there?(spaces for more breakers in your panel)
You will need at least 4 empty spaces (for two 240volt circuts)
SO, if you have enough amperage and
enough empty spaces, then the installation should be fairly reasonably priced. The only other thing that would affect price would be if there is an easy route for the wires to be run, if the walls are opened up already it's a lot easier for the electrician to do the work, if he has to "fish" wires behind finished walls, it'll be more expensive.
hope this helps you. good luck!