If you choose to hire your own electricain; here is some helpful information for hooking up your new Gutter Cap Heater Cap or Gutter Glove IceBreaker ice melting system.
Wiring from Downspout.
The installers of Heater Cap will run the heat cable out the side of the downspout. From there you will need to use a liquid tight conduit hose to run heat cable in to the junction box. Heat Cable must be protected within to prevent wear. The junction box needs to be located within 8 ft of where the heat cable exits the downspout.
Power needs to be ran from the homes circuit breaker box to the junction box: An illumitated on/off switch needs to be placed in between. Auto sensors are availiable and can be purchased from Michigan Gutter Cap.
The DS-8 Auto Snow/Temp Sensor is a sensor unit that is placed outside near the gutter system to auto detect when heating system should be turn on or off.
The optional CDP-2 Inside Controller can be used with the DS-8 Sensor. This unit requires the DS-8 Sensor. The CDP-2 Inside Controller can be installed inside your garage or home to create an easy way to turn on and off system and overide the suto sensor on the DS-8.
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~ Locate a place on the home within 8 ft of exiting downspout to place a junction box to hook up electricity. Box should mount to side of home or some where solid.
~ Try to end Heater Cap run close to the circuit breaker located inside the house
~ Electrical wire is run inside waterproof conduit to circuit breaker.
~ Electrical wire may run through through exterior wall to circuit breaker. Not heat cable.
~Junction box should always be higher than exit from down spout and allow for water to not collect in flexible conduit and drain back into down spout.
~ Need to know model and manufacture of circuit breaker. Model Number.
~ Take note of amount of available slots. If no sots are availble another circuit breaker may need to be added.
~ Breaker must be GFI EP with tan overload switch.
Heater Cable ft = 150’/20amp GFI EP
Heater Cable ft = 250’/30 amp GFI EP
~Multiple Breakers may be required
~ Split into separate runs with the length requirements if need to.
~Avg. cost $175-250
~ Electricity is ran in external conduit to location of circuit panel.
~ An On/Off switch is place near circuit panel.
~Must be located in close proximity to circuit panel.
~Illuminated to indicate activation.
~Each line will have its own switch.
~Potential for multiple switches.