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sciron 01-08-2011 01:11 PM

Baseboard Heater Thermostat Ground Wire ?
 
Hello,

I'm replacing all the Square D 240V electric baseboard heaters and thermostats in my house. I found out that they were recalled and are a fire hazard.. nice eh?

I have one question about the ground wire to the new Honeywell thermostat. The old Square D thermostat had a screw for the ground wire, and the load and common wires were screwed on as well. The new Honeywell thermostats have the (2) black and (2) red wires soldered on. There isn't a place to connect the ground. I've already wired up one of the bedrooms with the new heaters and the new thermostat and all works with the ground wire simpy twisted back onto the rest of the ground wires and wiring nut in the wall box. However, it's a tight fit to cram the new thermostat back into the wall box with the extra additional red and black wires from the thermostat, and (4) more wiring nuts from the load and common wiring. There was ample room with the old thermostat and simply screwing the load and common wires to the back of the thermostat.

My question is this... if the ground wire isn't needed for the new thermostat can I simply clip off the ground wires at the cable and remove the wiring nut so I'll have more room in the wall box ?


Thanks in advance

Saturday Cowboy 01-08-2011 01:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sciron (Post 565542)
My question is this... if the ground wire isn't needed for the new thermostat can I simply clip off the ground wires at the cable and remove the wiring nut so I'll have more room in the wall box ?

NO most definitely not.

sciron 01-08-2011 01:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Saturday Cowboy (Post 565557)
NO most definitely not.


Ok, so even though the ground wire isn't connected to the new thermostat, the ground wires from the load and common cables have to be connected in order to complete the ground circuit to the baseboard heater ?

McSteve 01-08-2011 01:59 PM

Correct, all ground wires entering a box must be connected together, and also connected to the box itself if it's a metal box.

sciron 01-08-2011 02:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by McSteve (Post 565573)
Correct, all ground wires entering a box must be connected together, and also connected to the box itself if it's a metal box.


Ok.. thanks for the answers.

AllanJ 01-08-2011 10:32 PM

Never clip off wires entering a box. Someone may find a use for them later.

sciron 02-19-2011 05:28 PM

Ended up putting all new baseboard heaters and thermostats in my house. Thanks for the advice and help.


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