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Hi, I'm in Auckland, New Zealand.
Are you saying a 2400 watt fan heater will draw over 30 amps on start up?
Thanks for the data.... take your electricians advice, he knows what he is doing, you won't regret it later.
The fan heater is largely a *resistance load, not a motor load, so will not draw 30 amps on start up... just the heat pumps and the sewage pump etc will draw 3x the running amps on start up.I will be back in 8 hours if you need more elaboration.Phil
Thanks for your help. We'd like to have the extra power but it we cannot afford it, hence my question on whether 60A will be sufficient.
I am hopeful load sharing resolves this issue e.g. put heat pumps and ovens on same line. I think a bit of common sense should ensure we don't blow the load per say.
Hi, yes water heating is via gas hence I did not mention it. Unfortunately we have already purchased the ovens and we cannot change this.
Also the 30 amps is a bit misleading for the ovens. They are pyrolytic ones and they each draw a maximum of 15 amps when used in pyrolytic mode. In normal operation I suspect they'll both be working at a max of around 10 amps like similar ovens.
The only other appliance I have not considered is a washing machine but again a bit of common sense will ensure we don't use it when we're running the ovens.
The difference in price is substantial. We are staring down the barrel of between $1500 - $3000, depending on how much work the power company and electrician need to do to enable the extra power to our place.
Hi, I just got an email from my electrician where's reworked the numbers and now feels comfortable that a 60A supply will be sufficient.
He said that there is a chance where you could trip the circuit if you use too many appliances at the same time but that is perfectly safe.
I think a bit of common sense will ensure we don't cause an overload.
Again, thanks for your help.