If I use a 1500W heater in the garage, the wire of the heater, the wall
socket and the plug, all get pretty hot. Not melting hot, but very warm.
Is this OK? I am guessing that the supply through to the garage is not
strong enough to take the current being drawn by the heater. So my question
is, should I suspend use? I don't want a fire.
Alternatively, I have a 220v output in the garage. I can't find any 220v
heaters at any of the usual retail outlets (HD, Sears, Menards). Anyone
know of a good place to buy (Minnesota)? I was advised to take just two of
the wires to power a 100v heater, but might I just have the same issue with
Finally, while on the warm wire question, one of the dimmers for our family
room gets pretty warm (ie the cover plate is very warm to the touch, so I
guess the unit inside is even hotter). Is this a problem? Should I change
the dimmer? It is only powering 3 x 100w bulbs.
I can't help with the wire getting hot, but if the plug or outlet
is dirty, cleaning it can sometimes help. Brush-on Caig DeOxit worked
for me. Put it on the plug, plug it in several times, wipe off plug,
repeat until it stays clean. The temperature dropped thereafter.
I have separate 20 amp circuits (12 ga. wire) with commercial grade 20 amp
outlets for my heaters. All the wiring stays fairly cool.
I previously lived in an apartment with 15 amp circuits (14 ga. wire) and
15 amp outlets. The wiring/plugs for the same heaters got quite warm.
I would have an electrician install a 20 amp circuit to your garage or they
can possibly install a 240V heater (direct wire - mounts on wall or in
"Mat and Suzy" wrote in message
I am using a 1500W heater in the garage too, and my outlet is 3 feet
from the 100A breaker box, using #12 romex. I just installed the
breaker box and the outlet, and know that everything is done
correctly. My plug and outlet get hot too. The outlet is brand new.
I plan to use a little emory cloth on the prongs of the plug. They
get old and corroded and offer some resistance.
To answer your question, it appears normal.
However, I'd suggest cleaning the plug prongs, and if the outlet is
old and loose, replace it.
This is Turtle.
When a plug and receptical gets hot and wire away from the plug does not.
You have a poor connection in the plug and receptical. Replace plug and
receptical and don't try to clean or brush it. It never works.
On 11 Nov 2003, TURTLE wrote:
TURTLE: Hooked on Phonics, line 1.
Mat & Suzy: It sounds like there might only be 15A wire feeding
that circuit. If so, it's only rated for continuous duty (like
a space heater) at 80% of full capacity (=.8*120V*15A = 1440W)
Even though you're only a hair over, it's still not good to run
any wire that hot. Either replace the wiring to that receptacle
with 12 guage (20A full load, 1600 cont duty) or maybe look
into using that 240V outlet you spoke of. That can be tricky
though, depending on the presence of a neutral wire. Depends
on who wired the thing. If it was a thinking DIY'er or an
electrical person, they likely used 3 wire w/ground. But if
it was a half-fast plumber, then they likely saved $2.00 on
the wire and only used 2-wire w/ground. Even if there is a
neutral, make sure that's 12 guage, not 14, or you'll be right
back in the same boat, just from a different outlet.
Baisez-les s'ils ne peuvent pas prendre une plaisanterie
This is Turtle.
We have a joker on the group call Tom and please forgive us for having him
post such trash.
Now the dimmer switch. It seem it could be the dimmer switch if it only
controls 3 -- 100 watt light bulbs. 300 watts should not heat up any type
wall switch you may have.
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