Safety is paramount to installation processes. A prime example is installing an electric duct heater; for something like that, it is essential that you follow all safety rules and regulations. That way, you avoid an accident that could cause a severe injury and, at the same time, ensure the system performs optimally.
Whether dealing with a standard design or electric duct heaters with built-in controls, you need to follow specific safety guidelines during and after installation. Following are some of the best tips for staying safe during this type of installation project.
- Pre-Start Up – If you do not do a duct heater installation, the process can cause injury. It can also damage the heater and potentially void the factory warranty. This same rule applies when making alterations and adjustments, as well as performing service and maintenance.
- Clearance – Electric heat units have a specific listing for zero clearance to combustibles. They also have electrical panels that require a working space in the front to meet code. Remember, anything out of code can create risk.
- Warning Labels – The warning labels on duct heaters are there for a reason. During installation, pay attention to cautions about tightening all terminals and wiring lugs before connecting the power. The reason is that they may have come loose during delivery. When servicing or maintaining the duct heater, you want to follow the instructions about avoiding electrical shock and shutting off the electrical power beforehand. Adhering to these labels will prevent a possible injury, as well as damage to the unit and your property.
- Protective Gloves – Because the installation of both standard heaters and electric duct heaters with built-in controls involves metal screws, clips, and other parts and components, protect your hands by wearing gloves.
- Remote Control Panel – The duct heater you purchase will come with step-by-step instructions, including information about installing the remote-control panel. This step of the process involves working with electrical wiring and electricity, so be sure you follow the instructions carefully. Any slight deviation could cause an electric shock, damage the unit, and potentially start a fire.
- Airflow – With this type of heater, you will need to energize the unit and check all controls for proper operation. As part of that, never run the duct heater unless it has adequate airflow. By touching any metal part, you could get burned. The other risk is that the unit could overheat, leading to additional problems.