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Look on the motor face plate for its F/L/C/full load current rating,and go by this,otherwise to be safe use 2 # 10 AWG for the 240 lines L1 and L2 and a #12 AWG for the Neutral line and a 30 Amp double pole circuit breaker

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2) Wire is too small.
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7) Each appliance has volts and watt rating on label.
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Example the 1500 uses 20 amps and 20 amps requires #12. 20 amps on a #12 is good for 100 feet anything further and you have to go up a wire size.

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Once you have the correct wire size for the amperage, and the correct breaker size, and the wire size does not exceed the max limits for the size, you should be good to go.

However if you are concerned you can pull this off, pay a pro to do it, it is not worth a fire on a heater wiring job, for a few bucks on the install, it happens to often and not worth it, I have written on hear now several times, and have no responses, I have over thirty years in electrical devices including NEXRAD RADAR, motors above 5000 HP and understand all this, and the dangers.

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