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1) What is currently being powered by the 40 amp double pole breaker? Is the 40 amp breaker being used?
2) Does 4W mean 4 wires or 4 watts? Is that a typo? Doubt that a 220 volt wall heater is 4 watts? Please confirm.
(1) not being used
(2) The wall heater is 220V 2.15 amps 475 WATTS
Envi wall heater
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Thanks for the replies Paul
1) No, you will need a smaller breaker, ie....a 15 amp double pole breaker to serve the small heater in question.
2) If the heater is protected by using the existing 40 amp breaker, that is a violation of the National Electrical Code, since the breaker is sized too large. That is called "over-fusing". Your connected load is only 2.15 amps, therefore the smallest breaker would be a 15 amp.
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So if I have 2 heaters the same will the 15 amp breaker work
1) Yes, if both heaters are the same wattage and both 240 volts, your connected load will be 2 x 475 watts = 950 watts total.
Apply Watts Law where P = Watts, I = Current and E = Volts
P = I x E
Therefore, 950 W = I x 240
I = 950/240 = 3.95 amps.
2) The two heaters will be connected in parallel and served by a 15 amp double pole breaker, 240 volts.
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