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brent222

05:34AM | 05/26/04
Member Since: 05/25/04
5 lifetime posts
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I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to disconnect a Berko baseboard heater. The wire is faulty on this heater, and keeps sparking behind the deflector. My fuse boxes arent labeled that well, and I think I turned off all power to the heaters, but this one still makes the sparking noise if we hit the heater.

Any help would be appreciated. We are not home much during the day, and dont want to come home to a burning house.

Thank you

bcelect

03:53PM | 05/26/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
Call an electrician

brent222

10:05AM | 05/27/04
Member Since: 05/25/04
5 lifetime posts
The reason I posted on this FREE board was to avoid PAYING for the services of an electrician. This will probably take 2 seconds to disconnect the wires on this heater. I dont need the heat in the summertime. For the time being Id just like to disconnect this one heater, because my upstairs bathroom also uses the same breaker, and with the breaker off, I have no bathroom lighting.


bcelect

01:53PM | 05/27/04
Member Since: 02/21/04
138 lifetime posts
The reason I said to call an electrician is because the sparking you said happened. If you didn't have the mind to have this taken care of as soon as you noticed it tells me that you have no business in the electrical field. If your house burned to the ground there would have been nobody to blame but yourself.


joed

07:23AM | 05/28/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
You need to get a voltage testing device and measure if there is still votage on the heater. Then pull the fuses until you find the ones that control it. It is likely 240 volts so it will take 2 fuses. They should even be in holder so that need to pull both at the same time.

brent222

04:06AM | 06/01/04
Member Since: 05/25/04
5 lifetime posts
Thanks joed.

I was able to pull the fuse. It wasnt labelled, and is actually connected to my upstairs bathroom for some reason. So, the heater now has no power.

This is only a 3 foot heater. I just want to disconnect this one defective heater, so I can turn the fuse back on, because I need light in my bathroom. Is there an easy way to disconenct just this one heater? Or should I just leave the fuse off until I can get an electrician to do it?

joed

06:47AM | 06/03/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
With the fuse off you can remove the wires from the heater and cap the feed wires separately with wire nuts. Leave them in a junction box with a cover.

If you know where the other end of the wire comes from you could disconnect the wires there and then not need to worry about the dangling wires at the heater location.

brent222

06:56AM | 06/29/04
Member Since: 05/25/04
5 lifetime posts
Got the replacement wire from Berko Electric, and they icluded some instructions for replacement.

Took about an hour to do.

The old wire had actually burned apart, and was a pain in the ass getting out from inside the deflector plate.

Also was very frustrating putting the new wire inside the deflector plate.

Thanks for your help.
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