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Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 10, 2021 11:38AM
The switch on my 400W wall heater failed and I'm trying to find a replacement. The text on the switch is all over the place...




I'm guessing the "220V" refers to the bulb.

Is there a suitable replacement in here?
[www.amazon.com]



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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: May 10, 2021 11:55AM
This looks like the spec sheet for that switch, so you may be able to figure out the actual "model number" or specs of the switch: [www.c-components.com.tw]
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: May 10, 2021 11:56AM
More info would not hurt. Dimensions? Is it a 400 W bathroom wall heater? About how old is it? Do you know why it failed? Picture of the socket/hole? How are leads connected (clips in socket or free leads)?

This one looks like it might fit, not sure without dimensions.
https: //www.amazon.com/dp/B07MTZW2QF/



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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 10, 2021 12:03PM
I'm still at a loss. On one side it says 10(4)A and on the other 12(4)A.
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: macphanatic
Date: May 10, 2021 12:06PM
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jonny
I'm still at a loss. On one side it says 10(4)A and on the other 12(4)A.

It's a single throw double pole switch. One switch controls two separate circuits. The number in parenthesis corresponds to the allowable current at 250v. The number that precedes it is the rating for 120v.

A 400 watt heater should require roughly 3.5 Amps.
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: JoeH
Date: May 10, 2021 12:07PM
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jonny
I'm guessing the "220V" refers to the bulb.

No, just to the maximum voltage the switch is rated for. The amperage ratings on the switch are 10 A at 125 V and 4 A at 250 V. The black printed 220 V marking is probably the rating for maximum voltage in the US based on UL and NEC regulations.

The 12 A rating may apply in another country, I don't recognize all of the regulatory markings molded into the plastic.

So basically you want a switch that is rated for at least 10 A at 120 V.
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: GGD
Date: May 10, 2021 12:11PM
This seems to be the manufacturer's website, although I don't see markings on the switch that matches their ordering number sequence.

[www.c-components.com.tw]
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 10, 2021 12:13PM
Thanks so much, all!
I think this fits the bill: [www.amazon.com]



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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 10, 2021 12:28PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
More info would not hurt. Dimensions? Is it a 400 W bathroom wall heater? About how old is it? Do you know why it failed? Picture of the socket/hole? How are leads connected (clips in socket or free leads)?

This one looks like it might fit, not sure without dimensions.
https: //www.amazon.com/dp/B07MTZW2QF/

The switch dimensions are 13/19 mm
The heater is about a year old and the switch just stopped snapping. Seems like something mechanical.
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 10, 2021 01:02PM
Based on your pixs & stated dimensions, you need a single throw, illuminated
rocker switch.
400W wall heater would mean it draws less than 4amps @ 120v.

So a 120v/10A switch with the proper cutout dimensions would work.
Maybe something like this Gardner Bender GSW-42, 120v/16A Illuminated
which looks to fit a 12mm X 25mm* cutout.
It's their standard illuminated appliance switch.
$2.18 ea @ bezosville

*about 0.24" more than the OEM; ez mod with a razor blade/knife...





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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 10, 2021 02:27PM
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MrNoBody
Based on your pixs & stated dimensions, you need a single throw, illuminated
rocker switch.
400W wall heater would mean it draws less than 4amps @ 120v.

So a 120v/10A switch with the proper cutout dimensions would work.
Maybe something like this Gardner Bender GSW-42, 120v/16A Illuminated
which looks to fit a 12mm X 25mm* cutout.
It's their standard illuminated appliance switch.
$2.18 ea @ bezosville

*about 0.24" more than the OEM; ez mod with a razor blade/knife...

So this 125V/10A wouldn't fit the bill? [www.amazon.com]
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: Ammo
Date: May 10, 2021 03:29PM
If the switch broke after just a year, I'd consider buying 2 replacements.



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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: Gareth
Date: May 10, 2021 03:39PM
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jonny
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MrNoBody
Based on your pixs & stated dimensions, you need a single throw, illuminated
rocker switch.
400W wall heater would mean it draws less than 4amps @ 120v.

So a 120v/10A switch with the proper cutout dimensions would work.
Maybe something like this Gardner Bender GSW-42, 120v/16A Illuminated
which looks to fit a 12mm X 25mm* cutout.
It's their standard illuminated appliance switch.
$2.18 ea @ bezosville

*about 0.24" more than the OEM; ez mod with a razor blade/knife...

So this 125V/10A wouldn't fit the bill? [www.amazon.com]

jonny,

Stick with the switch you selected. The one MrNoBody picked is a single pole switch, and your original switch is double pole and the wiring in your box showed double pole (although two of them are in tape, which I assume you did to keep them separated).
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 10, 2021 03:56PM
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 10, 2021 05:30PM
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jonny
So this 125V/10A wouldn't fit the bill? [www.amazon.com]

Yes, it will. Just a bit concerned when I see the 6 for $8 price. But, you'll
have Five Spares!

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Gareth -
Stick with the switch you selected. The one MrNoBody picked is a single pole switch, and your original switch is double pole and the wiring in your box showed double pole
You're correct but the neutrals can be connected together. In fact, the
only reason the neutral is connected to the switch is for the lamp.
I've replaced lots of DPST illuminated switches in the same manner.





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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 10, 2021 05:41PM
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MrNoBody
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jonny
So this 125V/10A wouldn't fit the bill? [www.amazon.com]

Yes, it will. Just a bit concerned when I see the 6 for $8 price. But, you'll
have Five Spares!
Yeah... that's probably how I got into this mess in the first place.
I have 3 of these heaters, so the extras may come in handy.



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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: MikeF
Date: May 10, 2021 06:01PM
Contact the manufacturer of the heater?
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: jonny
Date: May 10, 2021 06:32PM
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MikeF
Contact the manufacturer of the heater?
I did. They're gonna get back to me at some point.
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Re: Electricians! Can you help me find a replacement switch?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: May 11, 2021 11:29AM
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