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The Dangers of Electrical Space Heaters

by Lauterborn Electric on January 11th, 2011

Home improvement stores are selling inexpensive plug in heaters that plug into any of your outlets in your home. A cause for concern is the heating elements in these small units draw 1500 watts of electrical  power.

A heater drawing 1500 watts at 120 volts would require 12.5 Amps. If a licensed electrical contractor was to install a circuit for a permanent heater drawing 1500 watts in your home they would provide a dedicated 20 Amp circuit.

Plugging these units in a typical 15 amp outlet could provide some problems with wires overheating and tripping of circuit breakers. If your home was built before the 1950’s and still has the original wiring, this unit could produce an over load and potential wire failure.

In comparison, microwaves and refrigerators draw about 1200 watts and dishwasher draw 1000 watts. A qualified electrician would run dedicated 20 amp circuits to each of these appliances.

Do not be fooled by the size of these heaters, they could pose a potential hazard in your home if they are not plugged into a circuit that can handle this type of load. For a free consultation contact us at (215) 688-8472 or e-mail us through our website at LauterbornElectric.com

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