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Old 12-18-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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Today I finished installation of a new electric wall heater. I wanted something more permanent than the portable ones with plugs all over the floor and they are also very noisy. I found a very quiet Broan in wall 1000 watt heater with the option of reducing the wattage to 500 watts by disconnecting a wire during installation. I ordered it on Amazon and upon inspection I decided to add a switch to the unit to allow
either one heat element @ 500 watts or dual elements @ 1000 watts. I installed the unit at the end of the dinette to disperse the heat evenly throughout the trailer. I also installed a wall switch that has a red light when the unit is on. I tapped into an existing outlet for my power and also converted that outlet to a GFCI unit that will cut off power to the heater in the event of any electrical issues. The unit was around $80 on amazon and it is more quiet than the furnace, really impressive. It draws 4 amps on low and with the switch thrown jumps to 8 amps. Completely encased in metal, I fell it is a lot safer than the portable units.
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Great idea, especially if you generally camp with AC power.
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Jim.

Is this a fanless heater?
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No, it has a small fan that is like your refer fan, very quiet but move the air.
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These units are made for bathrooms and closets.
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Amazon.com: BROAN 170 Residential Electric Wall Heater,White: Home & Kitchen
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Huh, I paid $86?? wonder why it went up?
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Some places online still have it for $70-90 if you search a little bit.

Nice install. Thanks for the idea.
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I just realized, my GFCI outlet is upside down?? Maybe in the spring I'll flip it.
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I just realized, my GFCI outlet is upside down?? Maybe in the spring I'll flip it.
There is no code for residential applications but for commercial OSHA & OSHPD applications the ground pin orientation must be up. I've seen this recently in a new hospital. For household use some molded cords have the ground pin down such as those on refrigerators. Most home outlets have the ground pin down. For trailer use you should be fine. I put an inverter in my trailer with a GFI outlet and put the ground pin up. This would make a great 20 page forum discussion!
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This would make a great 20 page forum discussion!
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Looks good Jim. What is the depth from front of heater to back?
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