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jjwithers

04:34PM | 02/27/05
Member Since: 02/26/05
4 lifetime posts
My bathroom had an old cieling heater from the 60s which barely worked. that heater was activated by a switch. I replaced the old heater with a Fan/Heater/Light combo. I took the existing wiring and hooked it up to the new heater.

Actually, i hooked up the main white wire to the 3 white wires (one for each function) that the new unit has. I hooked the black wire to the black wire of the unit and now the heater works.

I ran a new wire along the old wire that i hooked up to the fan. It is run from the unit to and down the wall to where the old switch is.

Can i simply install 2 new switches and draw power from the old switch to hook up and control the remaining two functions? It seems like it will work but would it be up to "code?"

Thanks

jjwithers

04:36PM | 02/27/05
Member Since: 02/26/05
4 lifetime posts
BTW, there are two remaining wires on the unit that i have not yet hooked up to anything. i was going to hook each wire up to the cable i ran and to each new switch.

Tom O

02:33PM | 02/28/05
Member Since: 09/17/02
476 lifetime posts
Yes, your plan will work and no, it won't meet code.

All conductors of a circuit must be in the same cables. I'm presuming that the power goes to the switch first and not to the heat/fan/light. I suggest you drop a 3 wire (with ground ) from the heat/fan/light down to the switch. Use the red and black to power the fan and light & make sure that the neutral in the 3 wire cable connects to the neutrals from those two loads only. Keep in mind that with all this wire & switches, your wall box may be too small.

Tom


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