Thanks!. Then what I am is this: is it OK to bringe a 12 gauge wire
from the panel to the switchbox, but then have 14 gauge wires go from
the switch box to the unit. Otherwise, I would need *five* 12-gauge
wires in the switchbox, which just won't fit!
I'm no expert, but my understanding it would be OK as long as the breaker
remains a 15 amp unit. BUT - that unit draws a lot of current. You are getting
close to the limit of a 15 amp circuit just with it. With 12 ga. wire, you will
probably get more heat out of it, depending on the wire length. After replacing
the 14 ga. wire to my bedroom with 12 ga. the heat from the 1500 watt heater in
the room increased a lot. (50-60 feet of wire)
I'm sorry, I didn't make it clear. I will use a 20amp circuit with a
12 gauge wire all the way from the panel to the switch box. What I
would like to do is connect the switches to the unit with 14 guage. Or
how about 12 gauge for the heater and 14 guage for each of the fan/
In that case, scratch what I said up above. No can do.
Read what you wrote: you're proposing using #14 wire on a 20-amp circuit.
(I'm assuming that by "20-amp circuit" you mean a circuit connected to a
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On Fri, 23 May 2008 02:16:51 -0700 (PDT), Aaron Fude
The link didn't work for the other poster because you put it in
parentheses. Don't do that. It makes our life harder, and anyone
else you write to. Don't mess with links. And don't split your link
onto two lines, unless your news program can't do it any other way.
I removed the parens above.
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