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I purchased the Panasonic bathroom vent and fan unit (no…

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I purchased the Panasonic...

I purchased the Panasonic bathroom vent and fan unit (no light) FV-11VH2. Now I need a controller for the unit. Will the Panasonic FV-WCD02-W work for that? I very much like the preset timers for the vent fan unit. I am wondering if the switch that is part to of the unit will work for turning the heater on and off?

Contractor's Assistant: How long have you had your FV-WCD02-W?

30 days

Contractor's Assistant: What have you tried so far with your Panasonic product?

Nothing. just installing now

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else you want the Electronics Expert to know before I connect you?

I don't think so

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Electrical
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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 6 months ago
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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 6 months ago

The Panasonic FVWCD02W preset countdown on/off/light delay timer switch is for the WhisperControl line of ventilation fans. It allows for wall control over the ventilation and light system. It can set an hourly timer to ensure that the fan is not left on by accident. This model is in white and comes with a matching white wall plate. ​ Therefore it will work with the FV-11VH2 fan unit.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
My question was not about the fan unit. The switch obviously works for that. My question was not about the light. My unit has NO light. The issue and question is the heater unit. Does panasonic have a single gang controller that has a timer for the vent fan and a switch for the heater?
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 6 months ago

Y​es you can install a single gang stack switch 1 for the heater and 1 for the fan. Here is a link to the manual for reference and if you look on page 7 it gives you fan, heater, and light controller options. Since you have no light you would just need the single gang stack switch for the fan and heater.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Panasonic-WhisperWarm-110-CFM-Ceiling-Exhaust-Bath-Fan-with-Light-and-Heater-FV-11VHL2/203762030

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Does that fan switch have a timer or presets?
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 6 months ago

Switch FV-WCD02-W​ does not have presets and this specific switch is strictly for lights and fan, not for fan and heater. I recommend looking for another switch by Panasonic that will accept the heater since it has a high amount of resistance.

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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 6 months ago

​Panasonic FV-WCSW21-W should work for the fan and heater combination

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Let me try again. Is there a single gang switch that has timer or timer presets for a vent fan AND an on/off switch for a heater?
Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 6 months ago

I have been trying to answer your specific questions and have been providing helpful information. Here is a link to the FV-WCSW21 switch manual (click on manuals to access a very informative multiple switch data chart) this chart gives several choices on what the switches are rated for. The switch you inquired about is not for a heater it is for lights and a fan. The switch I believe will work for you is the FV-WCSW21. There is also a 3 position single gang switch that will work with a fan, light, and heater, but since you do not have a light, I do not believe this switch will help you since 1 of the 3 switches will be inoperative, unless you don't mind it and maybe later you might want to have a light.

https://www.ecomfort.com/Panasonic-Ventilation-FV-WCSW21-W/p32053.html

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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 6 months ago

T​he FV-WCSW21 switch is strictly on/off there are not timers or presets. If you are looking for a switch that will control the heater and fan with timer functions or preset times, you will need to find a different switch as I do not believe Panasonic has one available.

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Electrician: David Bowden, Electrician replied 6 months ago

A​ll the switches I have been looking at does not allow for a single gang timer switch for a fan and a separate on/off switch for a heater. Based on that information, I believe the only solution is for a 2 gang switch with independent controls for you're specific application. 1 on/off switch for the heater and 1 timer (preset or countdown) switch.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Panasonic sells a heater and vent unit and heater, vent, light unit but not a single controller that will allow timers for the vent and an on off switch for the heater. That is disappointing so say the least and something that should have been disclosed in the literature of the vent/heater unit. I think we are done here.
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