single-pole double-throw switch

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  1. Dec 27, 2010 #1

    kentannenbaum

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    I just ran a 12-3 line for 240v baseboard heaters and now want to use one of those lines for an A/C in the same room during the summer. The switch is really expensive, but is there anything wrong with using an in-line SPDT 20amp switch that CLEARLY would cut half the power to the heaters during the summer only? The switch has center "off" position and two "on" positions to channel current one way or the other. Thanks.
     
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    Is the A/C 120V or 240V?

    If 120V, where you getting your neutral & ground from?

    To the best of my knowledge a SPDT will cut both legs of power in a 2-pole circuit.
     
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    This is a 12/3 cable. My plan for the 120v A/C WAS to use the white wire as neutral and of course the copper as ground AND to use the SPDT to split one of the hot wires which goes to the baseboards in winter and use that "split off" leg for the 120v A/C in summer.
    BUT, I decided to run a dedicated 12/2 cable to the A/C which doesn't exist yet. Too bad I didn't think to go to an electric supply house a use 12/4. Would have saved a lot of time. Again thanks.
     
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    SPDT = Single pole double throw. Single pole means it only cuts on leg.
    If you want to cut both legs you need a DPDT.Double pole double throw.

    Not sure how the code feels on this but a normal three way switch could work. Put one hot on the common and the heater on one traveller and the AC on the other traveller. Only one device will be able to be on at any time.
     
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    An ordinary 3 way switch is a single pole double throw switch.

    Be sure that the switch current rating is sufficient before using it to control a heater.
     
  7. Jan 28, 2011 #7

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    Actually, I decided to run another separate line for the A/C. Thanks very much for the insight.
     

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