Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > HVAC

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-05-2009, 12:17 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Electric Baseboard Heater Is it O.k. to mount directly on Floor


I have a question about the installation of electric baseboard heaters. A couple years ago, I had some electricians install 2 baseboard heaters in my home. They installed the heaters directly on the hardwood floor. About a month ago, I installed a small 500w heater in my kitchen and mounted it directly on top of the carpeting as the directions said "FLOORS & CARPETING: Heaters may be mounted directly on any floor surface, including carpeting. Where wall-to-wall carpets are installed after the base- board installation, the carpeting can be run up to the front and around the heater body, providing it does not obstruct air flow. (Maximum 3/4 (19mm) thick)." However, I had another electrician, unaffiliated with the previous ones, installed 2 baseboard heaters in my living room. They said the heaters have to be at least an inch off the floor. They mounted the heaters above the wood molding, about 3 inches off the floor. So, my question is, what's the answer for mounting baseboard heaters on the floor? Does it depend on what the manufacturer says?

bltglt507 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2009, 12:43 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Electric Baseboard Heater Is it O.k. to mount directly on Floor


For best results they need to be up off the floor to allow the heated air to flow up & draw air in from below

Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2009, 03:59 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Electric Baseboard Heater Is it O.k. to mount directly on Floor


So, I think what you're saying is that it's generally not required that they be off the floor and is not a fire hazard, but by having it off the floor it allows more air to flow through. Am I correct?
bltglt507 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2009, 04:06 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: South of Boston, MA
Posts: 17,248
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Electric Baseboard Heater Is it O.k. to mount directly on Floor


One reason I have seen them higher is to allow carpeting/flooring to be replaced easier
In some cases I have seen them mounted above the baseboard
Note that the outlet in this pic may not meet code - installed above a heater

Unless the Mfg states clearance distance needed to the floor you should be OK

Scuba_Dave is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-05-2009, 04:13 PM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 19
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Electric Baseboard Heater Is it O.k. to mount directly on Floor


Fortunately, I don't have an outlet above the heater. When the heater is running full blast, the carpet does get warm but not hot. It seems like this is one of those issues that's kind of ambiguous.
bltglt507 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Split level walls and floor joists - how are they constructed? jrbutterfly Building & Construction 2 06-09-2009 01:11 PM
forgot a line to the baseboard heater! fauer Electrical 1 10-19-2008 10:17 PM
Pool timer on an electric water heater...Yes or no? Gusaroo Plumbing 2 09-01-2008 09:13 AM
convert from gas boiler to electric baseboard marks5894 HVAC 1 10-21-2007 01:22 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.