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Kicksapce heaters

Wayco Wayne_2
Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
installed a kickspace heater. I suppose I will have to read the instructions. (Bah!!!) Any helpful hints or advice you all could give me would be appreciated. WW

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  • hr
    hr Member Posts: 6,106
    Use some

    Onix to install it. This allow for easy service when the coil plugs up with pet hair, etc.

    Depending on the brand and where you install it you may need a bypass. If for example it is within a baseboard loop.

    hot rod

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  • lee_7
    lee_7 Member Posts: 458

    I use braided steel hoses to attach kickspace heater to boiler piping if access to underside is available. Makes it easy to install and to clean coils. Also, great to remove from toekick area to replace fan motor. Good luck
  • Mike T., Swampeast MO
    Mike T., Swampeast MO Member Posts: 6,928

    Make certain you can ENSURE an adequate supply temperature!

    Depending on the rest of the system this can require separate zoning and possibly significant piping/control changes as well.
  • Bob Bona_4
    Bob Bona_4 Member Posts: 2,083
    all the time

    rough in the entire unit before cabinetry. Carefully find the toekick edge of the cabinet and make the housing flush.
    Jack it up so that it is going to be flush with the finish floor.Use blocks of plywood. Use a monoflo on the return, keep the 1/2" branch lines as short as possible. Install a 1/2" baseboard T w/ a coin vent on the REAR tap for access later. Use pex for the branches and oval the floor holes so the TK can be adjusted slightly to the final cabinet edge. Some people complain about constant heat blowing on thier feet, so get approval before putting under sink bases.

    The cabinet guys put the cabinet down over the unit. They must cut an access panel for you.
  • ScottMP
    ScottMP Member Posts: 5,884

    You cna have preasure drop and sometimes that will effect the flow. Also distant from the loop can be an issue.

    I like to install two scoop tees, feed and return ( belt and suspenders )A ball valve and a draw-off on the return. You can purge it good if you need with the draw-off, isolate it with the ball valves when its time to work on it ( its mechanical it WILL break ).

    I try and keep them pointed in a area where they will get full flow of air, not pointed at a cabinet or a customers feet. The newer models are better than the old style that sounded like a stove hood. As they got older they sounded like some one was putting squirrel thru a wood chipper .. slowly.

    Necessary evil but they work fine. FUnny this is your fist one :) I grew up with them. I can say that know at fifty.


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  • Wayco Wayne_2
    Wayco Wayne_2 Member Posts: 2,479
    Thanks for the replys

    They are really going to help. It IS funny that I have never had to install one before. I come from HVAC before I got bit by the wethed bug so I know more about heat pumps and the such. Also I've been good at talking Homeowners out of them, because when I am asked about using them, a voice like Kathy Bates from "The Waterboy" comes into my head and says, "THEM KICKSPACE HEATERS ARE THE DEVIL!!!) Alas I must expand my horizons a wee bit more. WW

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