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Old 07-05-2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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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?

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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.

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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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