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DIYtilIdie 07-05-2007 06:14 PM

too much electric heat
 
I have a 2 ton ruud air handler with factory installed 14kw electric heat. I live in an earth contact 1000 sq ft home and I don't need that much heat. I really only need half of what it has. How difficult is it to make it a smaller heater?

dmaceld 07-08-2007 12:01 AM

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Originally Posted by DIYtilIdie (Post 51699)
I have a 2 ton ruud air handler with factory installed 14kw electric heat. I live in an earth contact 1000 sq ft home and I don't need that much heat. I really only need half of what it has. How difficult is it to make it a smaller heater?

There's probably 2, 3, or 4 individual heating elements in the cabinet. Reducing capacity could be as simple as disconnecting some wires. You need to review the wiring schematic to make sure what you disconnect doesn't leave electrically hot wires or connectors dangling loose. If you're not 100% comfortable working with 240v wires, have a heating contractor come in an do it. It's a simple job and should be a minimal charge from a contractor.

Clutchcargo 07-08-2007 09:27 AM

Is there a reason for reducing capacity of the electric heating system? I don't think your heating bill would be reduced at all by removing elements. It will just run longer.


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