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Old 03-19-2013, 04:43 PM   #1
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"off" switch for 240v steam generator


I recently bought a thermasol steam generator system for a steam shower that I am installing in my house. It requires a 240v plug and I was wondering if I can install an "off" switch for something like this....just in case there is ever a problem, and I can't exactly get close to it to plug it out of the wall, and I need to power off the generator immediately.

Currently, the only way to kill power to it is by trekking downstairs to the garage and flipping the breaker.

Note that the setup instructions does not call for an "off" switch.

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So why do you want this? Just shut off the circuit breaker if you wanted, but really, it comes with preinstalled safety controls, so you only need a disconnect for the repair guy, not an emergency.


In a nutshell, you are over thinking this and wasting your time and money.


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You could install a double-pole switch appropriately sized for the load, but it is really not necessary. If the current rating is 20A or less, you can find a relatively normal-looking double pole switch and mount it anywhere convenient. If it's more than 20A, you may have a hard time finding something attractive looking to do the job.
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So why do you want this? Just shut off the circuit breaker if you wanted, but really, it comes with preinstalled safety controls, so you only need a disconnect for the repair guy, not an emergency.


In a nutshell, you are over thinking this and wasting your time and money.
Fully agree.

This is also not something typically installed with a plug and receptacle. Every steam generator that I have seen or wired was hard wired with a service disconnect right near the unit.
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