I have a switch that toggles between a baseboard heater and an outlet for a window air conditioner. It is a Square D Model HCX24-15/20. I would like to replace it or eliminate it and just wire both the heater and outlet so they will work. Any suggestions?
Make: Square D
Model: HCX 24-15/20
Hi, I'm Mike and I'll be glad to assist you. What Voltage is it?
Not sure about this, but the plug for the AC looks like 220V.
Just needed to be sure. Any DPDT Switch would do. I would replace the switch to keep from having the possibility of both loads on at the same time which would more than likely trip the breaker. It also acts as a disconnect. See the link below for one online.Leviton Brown DPDT Double Pole Double Throw Center-Off Switch 20A 1286 078477168288 | eBay
Thanks Mike,The switch is a different type than the one you sent (clips into a metal plate, not a wall box). Is there another version like that?Also how would I wire it to power just the AC until I get the switch in?
The wiring should be in a box and the switch I gave you would be the right one for the purpose. If the one you have is a chasis mount type, I sugget getting the one in the link for durability and length of service.
If the link below is the switch that you're replacing, you'll note that it is only good for 10 Amps. The first one given is a 20A switch.Amazon.com: 10 Leviton Double Pole Double Throw DPDT Heavy Duty Toggle Switches ON-ON 15A-125V 10A-250V 3/4HP 125/250VAC 5743: Home Improvement
The wiring is inside part of the baseboard heater, so the chassis mount is the only type that would work without some major rewiring?How about the temporary option to get the AC going?
Use anothe switch to match if the load isn't more that the rating of the switch. To get the A/C going on a temp basis disconnect the heater completely and use the a?C.
That is not very helpful for me.There are 6 wires coming in:2 from the Outlet (green)2 from the fuse box (black)2 from the heater (also black)So which wires should be connected to power the AC?
The center pair are the Line and the 2 outside pairs are the loads to the heater and A/C. If it's mounted in the heater, it should be evident which are the baseboard heater leads and those would be the ones disconnected.
OK I can do that, but the switch is broken so I can't move it to the AC position. So I need to connect the wires directly. I am guessing that each of the Line wires should be connected to one of the green wires?
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