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timmcc

06:19AM | 10/28/04
Member Since: 10/27/04
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I had some baseboard heaters installed. They put them directly below (3") electric outlets. This did not look right to me. The outlets get pretty hot. The heaters are on seperate circuits running 220. Are there any codes to reference regarding this matter?

thanks!

joed

03:33PM | 10/28/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
I can't give code references but I can tell lyou receptacles are not allowed above electric baseboard heaters. You may be required to move them to the floor.

timmcc

06:24PM | 10/28/04
Member Since: 10/27/04
3 lifetime posts
thanks, don't need specifics but want to make sure the company who installed should make right.

timmcc

06:42PM | 10/28/04
Member Since: 10/27/04
3 lifetime posts
thanks for the reply. when you say not allowed, is that an absolute no-no or strongly discouraged? also, what to move to the floor? heater or outlet?

joed

12:19PM | 10/30/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
It is against the code to put electrical receptacles above electgrci heaters. You don't want the cords falling into the heating elements and melting. You still need to have a receptacle every 12 feet so they mey be required to install them in the floor to meet this requirement.

It is OK to have them above hot water baseboards.

Tom O

03:40AM | 10/31/04
Member Since: 09/17/02
477 lifetime posts
The installation of a baseboard heater beneath a receptacle outlet is not an automatic code violation. The only way to be 100% sure that it is a violation is to read the instructions that come with the baseboard heater. "Listed baseboard heaters include instructions that may not permit their installation below receptacle outlets" NEC fine print not following 210.52

There is/was at least one company that made baseboard heaters that did not have the restriction about outlets over the heaters. However, chances are that your heaters are not that brand and some corrective action is called for.

Tom
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