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Old 12-28-2007, 11:43 AM   #1
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Wiring in floor heat

Howdy folks.
Getting ready to do another bathroom reno.
I will be installing in floor heat, likely from one of the forum sponsers.
The bathroom originally had electric heat, but the previous owners had a gas furnace/AC and ducting installed throughout the house. I will be removing the electric baseboard heater since there is a functioning duct in the room.
My question concerns weather I can use the existing baseboard heat wiring. The baseboard heating unit is on an exterior wall with the themostat/controller on an interior wall about 10' away. The controller resides in a location that would be ideal for the infloor heat controller to live in. I have done some household wiring and feel confident I can do this if some of you could give me some pointers.
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:09 PM   #2
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Brad,

The first thing you need to determine is whether the baseboard heater was 120v or 240v. Do you have circuit breaker that was dedicated to the base board heat? The existing controller may or may not be compatible with the new under floor heat. Were you planning on reusing it or only locating it where the controller is presently?

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Old 12-28-2007, 12:15 PM   #3
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It is 120V, and on a dedicated 20a circuit. I was planning on removing the existing controller but using as much of the existing wiring as possible.
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:22 PM   #4
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Can't think of any reason that you couldn't use that circuit for wiring in your new under floor heat.

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Old 12-28-2007, 12:37 PM   #5
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Me neither.
I guess I'm trying to visualize how it's wired up. Wiring must come from the breaker box to the controller, then under the floor over to the baseboard heater. I suppose the infloor heat would be similar. I was curious whether or not I could use the existing "controller to heater" wire for the "controller to infloor leads" . But now that I think of it, I have to run the sensor wire up the wall to the controller anyways, so I may as well run the lead wires up that way too. I was trying to figure a way to wire it without fishing wires through the wall, but I have to anyways.
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Old 12-28-2007, 01:47 PM   #6
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I doubt that wire from your present controller over to the wall heater are under the floor.
When you have the old controller out you will find it will be pretty easy to drop a feed down to the floor and be able to pull the heat unit and under tile sensor up to the box.
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