How to Wire a Baseboard Heater

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Before attempting to wire an electric baseboard heater, it's important to know what kind of baseboard heater it is and what the voltage is. Learn about hot wires, neutral wires and ground wires with help from a plumber and HVAC tech in this free video on baseboard heaters.

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So you went out and bought your own baseboard heater and you're not real sure how to hook it up because of electrical reasons of it. Now there's, you got to make sure you're doing this correctly. You got to make sure you know what kind of baseboard heater you bought. Now there's different kind of voltages you can buy. For one you get 110 volt like I do have right here. Or for more of a heating process, it might be a 220 volt which, of course, in a basement requires a 220 volt breaker. This one right here is 110 volt. So we got three wires coming in. You got a hot wire, which is your red wire. We got a neutral wire, which is your black wire. And then, you also got your green wire that's buried back in here a little bit further which is your ground wire. Now for this to work properly, you got to make sure they're all hooked up to the right connections. Which these should come with a brochure, a book, telling you exactly which ones are hot, neutral and ground. Before you even think about messing with this, make sure your breaker is turned off in the breaker box. Don't want no injury, no injury to happen while you're trying to mess with this. And if you're not fully comfortable, don't be afraid to call your local electrician. He'll come out for a small fee and show you how to do this especially if you have to wire yourself. Hot to hot, neutral to neutral, ground to ground. Make sure you ground your units properly or else you might run into problems in the long run.

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