Wiring An Electric Floor Heating System
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Electric floor heating is an affordable luxury that is now gaining popularity among homeowners.
Including floor heating in bathroom, kitchen or family room remodels has been spurred on by the relatively recent
introduction of easy-to-install electric systems.
STEP 1: CHECK SYSTEM OHM READING
Before installing your floor heating system, you will want to check the Ohm resistance between the two power conductor wires to make sure that no breaks or shorts have occurred that could affect your system's performance. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations regarding the proper variance and the frequency of Ohm readings.
STEP 2: ROUGH IN ELECTRICAL WORK
A dedicated circuit is recommended for your system. This recommendation is in accordance with the National Electrical Code (NEC). Local codes may differ, so always consult with a qualified electrician first.
When installing the thermostat, install a 4" square 2 1/8" deep electrical box with a single mud ring. Electrical boxes are typically placed 4' to 5' off the floor. For electric floor heating installations that require a floor sensor, the installer should include two pieces of 1/2" conduit from the electrical box to the base of the wall (see picture below).
STEP 3: ELECTRICAL POWER HOOKUP
Use a licensed and qualified electrician, familiar with local electrical codes, to perform your system's final electrical hook up.
STEP 4: WAITING PERIOD BEFORE SYSTEM OPERATION
Before operating your new electric floor heating system, you must wait until the thinset cement has fully cured to the manufacturer’s specifications (usually 2 to 14 days). You will then be able to enjoy your new heated floors.
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