Electric Panel clearance for heaters

Panel clearance above baseboard heater.
The obvious, heat and working environment is obvious.
Narrative and code please.
Looking forward to your thoughts.

Multiple issues here. Tell what is wrong.

Start with 110.26(A)(3).

Equipment. A general term, including fittings, devices, appliances,
luminaires, apparatus, machinery, and the like used as a
part of, or in connection with, an electrical installation.

I know of nothing that I could hanging my hat on.

You don’t see the heater as being in the required working space of the panel?

I do but could an EC could argue that it’s under 6" and is equipment?

And if it is in the dedicated space is it really a defect or simply a code violation.

I don’t see it as being a concern.

Looks like an electric baseboard to me.

The 6" exception for “equipment that is associated with the electrical installation” that heater has nothing to do with the panel. Now if it were a wireway I would agree with you. :smiley:

110.26(A)(3) Height of Working Space. The work space shall be clear
and extend from the grade, floor, or platform to a height of
2.0 m (6 1 ∕ 2 ft) or the height of the equipment, whichever is
greater. Within the height requirements of this section, other
equipment that is associated with the electrical installation and
is located above or below the electrical equipment shall be
permitted to extend not more than 150 mm (6 in.) beyond the
front of the electrical equipment.


Thank you all for being in this discussion.
Marcel, Robert, Micheal. Much appreciated.
I am vexed by questions.
Clarence under normal circumstances in a utility room is moot.
As for heat related effects by the baseboard I am not over concerned about.

Reasoning for my question.
1: Working safety.
2: Garage floor clearance.

Note: In the garage electrical outlets should be 18" or more above floor level.

According the NEC in a residential garage you do not need to keep the receptacles above 18", is it different in Canada?

The baseboard is on the foundation shelf. The shelf ><24" above the concrete slab.
Please excuse the 18" reference. This would be for gas fired appliances.

IE: The UMC requires ‘sources of ignition’ to be a minimum of 18"above garage floors from what I believe.
I was Baseboard and flammable liquids vapors directly in-front of the electric baseboard heater.
Again, sorry everyone.

On a new install I agree with you. Other than a code violation is the heater a defect?

I don’t think so.

The receptacle is though.

It is a concern but is it a material defect?

You shouldn’t use extension cords as permanent wiring but is it a defect?

Unless the sellers leave the mess, is there a material defect of the property

No. Explanation to buyers required? Yes.

It’s a safety hazard. Next.

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Michael PARKS - WAFI:joy:

Your debate skills are 2nd to none. I mean that you have none.

I’m glad that only a handful of you act like children. Doesn’t speak well for professional debate.

Your “inspection” skills are 2nd. to none. I mean that you have none.
I truly feel horrible for your clients.

What is there to debate with a WAFI?
We all have seen your type on this MB before.

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Went to your website to see your qualifications. Impressive.

I do not think of them as impressive, but more than adequate. Credentials are meaningless without good judgement.

As a non member guest, every member that posts has you one upped as far as “qualifications”.

Over the years I have yet to read something by Robert Meier that was incorrect.

He, Marcel and Christopher obviously stated the correct interpretation of electrical code, and you start quibbling about the worthiness of the code in the first place.

Winning an argument is more important to you than giving a client pertinent advice.


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