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10-12-2009, 03:03 PM   #1

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## Electric Ceiling Heat

Our house was built around 1965. It has Electric Ceiling heat. Last year we noticed that the heat in the kitchen and the living room were not working. We have 2 bedrooms that are staying nice and warm. Can anyone advise what we need to do?

 10-12-2009, 03:15 PM #2 You talking to me?     Join Date: Dec 2007 Location: sw mi Posts: 7,551 Rewards Points: 6,290 the first thing would be to check if voltage is getting to the heating elements. Most ceiling heat I am familiar with use a line voltage thermostat. If yours does, that would allow you to check, at least one line (the heat could very well be 240 volt so there would be to supply lines) of the supply. so, line voltage thermostat? If so, pull the cover off and use a voltmeter to check for voltage (to ground would be the best. You can end up reading 240 volts across the t-stat if it is not calling for heat and 0 volts if it is. can be confusing to a layman). so, check that out and come back for more.

10-12-2009, 07:26 PM   #3
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 Originally Posted by nap the first thing would be to check if voltage is getting to the heating elements. Most ceiling heat I am familiar with use a line voltage thermostat. If yours does, that would allow you to check, at least one line (the heat could very well be 240 volt so there would be to supply lines) of the supply. so, line voltage thermostat? If so, pull the cover off and use a voltmeter to check for voltage (to ground would be the best. You can end up reading 240 volts across the t-stat if it is not calling for heat and 0 volts if it is. can be confusing to a layman). so, check that out and come back for more.
I agree. Check that you are reading 240v. at the thermostat. If you are, check that you have 240v. at the load side terminals of the t-stat. If you don't, replace the t-stat. If you do have voltage at the load side of t-stat you probably have a problem within the ceiling wiring. Have you done any work on the ceiling in the last year? Or put a hook in the ceiling for a plant?

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