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Yankee1423 02-05-2011 02:32 PM

Timer Switch Hookup
 
I have a Panasonic Whisper Fan/Light/Heater (FV11VHL2) where the heater has a dedicated 20amp circuit. To run this, I've ordered a Leviton LTB30-1LZ timer switch.

When looking at the directions it has a black, green, white, yellow and red wire coming out of the switch. The actual wiring in the box contains only 3 wires. Can I not use this switch? If not, does anyone know of a different 20A timer switch that would work and might take up less real estate?

joed 02-05-2011 02:45 PM

According to the directions the yellow/red is used in three way switching applications. "For single pole applications do not remove the insulating label". I would put a wire nut on it.

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Yankee1423 02-05-2011 02:56 PM

I know the yellow is the three way but it shows the red being hooked up to the "load" for a single pole application. All I have is a couple black wires and the ground. I can use a volt meter to find out which of the black wires is hot but that still leaves me a wire short according to the wiring diagram.

I noticed that this requires a neutral so that might be the missing piece. I see the neutral wire nutted to some others. Could I just pig tail from That?

oberkc 02-05-2011 03:56 PM

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see the neutral wire nutted to some others. Could I just pig tail from That?
Possibly, but I would want to make sure that the neutral is on the same circuit as the supply you use for your switch.

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I know the yellow is the three way but it shows the red being hooked up to the "load" for a single pole application. All I have is a couple black wires and the ground.
One of those black wires is likely your load. You will need to be able to identify which is load and which is supply. Do you have a volt meter?

Yankee1423 02-05-2011 05:53 PM

I can figure out the load and supply with my volt meter. Is there an easy way to test or figure out if the neutrals that are tied together now are from the correct supply. I may have to take this box apart anyway since this timer is so big that I'm not real comfortable of trying to get it stuffed in there. I think it is a 44cu 3 gange box and with the 12g wires, it is pretty cozy already.

oberkc 02-05-2011 06:29 PM

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I can figure out the load and supply with my volt meter. Is there an easy way to test or figure out if the neutrals that are tied together now are from the correct supply.
It is my hope that you can follow the supply wire, then, and locate the neutral (white) wire that is paired (in the cable) with the black supply as it enters the box. This would be the neutral that you should use. It sounds likely that it will be joined with one, or more, other white neutral wires in the box.

There are, I suppose, ways to test for this, but it would be easier to identify it visually.

Jim F 02-05-2011 09:02 PM

You need that white neutral wire to use the timer switch. It requires its own power source to run the timer.


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