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Thermostat for baseboard heaters in series

I have 3 baseboard heaters in series (one wire for all with a thermostat on the first of them which therefore controls power to all three). Problem is the thermostat acts like a rheostat and appears to be reducing power to the second and third heater (which do warm but only slightly). Do I need a different, high-duty thermostat?

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The heaters need to be wired in parallel so they all receive the same voltage. If wired in series the first heater will receive proper voltage and the next heater will receive reduced voltage (Voltage Drop across first heater) and so on (Ohm's Law). You may want to have an electrician help you so you don't get electrocuted or burn up your heaters or your house. Hope this helps!

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