How Can I Wire Two Oil Pan Heaters to One Circuit Breaker?

Question:

My surveyor recommended hardwiring my two oil pan heaters (one for each engine at 250 watts each) into my boat's 120V AC panel.  The panel has a spare circuit breaker rated for 15amps.  My question is, how can I wire the two oil pan heaters to one circuit breaker?  Do I use a terminal strip with jumpers or a junction box of some sort?   I have found your videos to be extremely useful.  Thank you so much. - Patrick

Answer:

Great question, other then AC outlets that are daisy chained, I haven’t seen a boat where two AC circuits (i.e. loads) are powered off one AC breaker. Using one breaker for two oil pan heaters, results in having one breaker with a double the amperage of one pan heater. Suggest you install a breaker per circuit. - Jeff

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