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I have a Leviton Timer connected to a toggle switch with 3

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I have a Leviton Timer connected to a toggle switch with 3 buttons. The timer is connected to the heater switch. All were working well; light,vent fan, and timer. The cover plate was hard to get on and I had to move both switches around in the wall box. Afterwards, the timer wouldn't cycle off,causing the timer to get too hot to touch! Eventually, the light switch and heater switch quit working. I noticed a small shock when I touched the timer. The breaker never tripped. What could be the root cause of this problem.
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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago
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hello, my name is ***** ***** id love to help, This sounds like your timer is underrated for your application. How many watts total are on the timer and what is it rated for?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
1800 watts,Leviton LTB601L2
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

The switch is rated at 1800 watts. That is right on the line. I would say that if everything worked for a while and the timer got hot and things stopped working logic would point to the timer.

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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

This switch is also designed for lighting, not heating. This makes a difference, inrush currents are not taken into account.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
My light,vent heater is a Broan model 654H,1300 watt heater
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

ok got it, this fan/light should be on its own GFCI protected circuit. The switch is near its rating capacity. I would contact the manufacturer and request a replacement switch, the heater is drawing current through the switch causing it to heat.

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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

It could be faulty, but it soulds like you need a dedicated 20 a switch for the heater.

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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

The spec sheet says it draws 12 amps. Thats a whole 15 a circuit.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Its on a dedicated 20 amp circuit
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Looked at my timer switch again,its says 500 Watts
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

yeesh

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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

that explains why it got so hot.

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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

im betting the switch is fried

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I need a timer rated 1300W ?
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

yes, and you are looking for the wall mount, ie in the switch box.. style

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
my 3 n 1 switch is probably fried also,heat and light wont work,only vent
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

I would re examine the connections in the fan/heater to the feed to ensure they are good. If you have good voltage and connections at the fan unit then i would start looking at the fan.

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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

this is an 1800 watt wall mount timer.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Sold at home depot?
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
The leviton timer link you sent is the exact one I have
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
What about the three switches,rated at 20amps,no wattage
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

amps x volts = watts

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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

so any 20 amp switch should work.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
My switch was 15amp-120v
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

wattage rating counts, the one i posted is 1800 watts

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Which one the digital or the Leviton
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

both

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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago
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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I had the leviton timer connected to the heater the back to the switch that turns the heater on,per Broan wiring diagram. Can I send you that diagram?
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 2 years ago

Yes

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I think what I'll do is get a double switch for the light and fan,and a dedicated spring switch for the heater
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
What do you think
Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 1 year ago

Sorry, Internet problems here on the east coast.

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Electrician: Wayne Roberts, Electrical Technician replied 1 year ago

As long as your switches are rated for the loads, you will not get that switch heating issue.

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