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Electric Hydronic Baseboard Heater Under Electrical Recepticle

I am installing 3 Qmark Electric Hydronic Baseboard Heaters. Two are 2000 watts and one is 1500 watts. The existing outside walls where I want to install the heaters, currently have electrical outlets that will be over the heaters. I notice that the instructions say not to install the heaters under electrical outlets. Is this a National Electric Code requirement? Is this a real safety concern with Hydronic Heaters since they operate at a lower temperature? Why are they not allowing this? Is it because they are worried about electric cords coming in contact with the heating element? Is the element surface temperature any hotter than a typical forced hot water system surface temperature? What Should I do? Uninstall the plugs and put on blank covers? Be careful when using the plugs?

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Hello,
I believe you interpretation of the code is a bit skewed in that the fundamental concern is to not route power cords over a heat source which might cause the insulation on that wire to exceed its rated operating temp and fail. The heaters themselves have shrowds over them so there are no exposed surfaces hot enough to melt wire insulation and when you think about it ..2000 watts disipated over a long baseboard section is not that hot. If I were you, I would go ahead and install them and not worry about the warning.. The warning also removes any liability from the heater manufacturer in the event something happens.. Common sense would dictate that you wouldn't intentionally drape power cords all over the heaters... Just use common sense and not worry about it..
Regards,
Rick

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