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We have a working tube heater in a cupboard which we do not use. We would like to put a tumble dryer in the cupboard but there is no mains socket, as the tube heater is wired directly into mains, and controlled by a fused switch on the wall.

Is it okay to simply swap the tube heater wiring/panel (see photos) for a normal socket which we would then plug the tumble dryer into?

Photos attached.

Thank you in advance for any help.

Tom

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If the protective device at the consumer unit is adequate and if additional rcd protection is provided then yes. Don't forget replace that broken switch.
 
Basically it depends what mcb it is on in your consumer unit. If you can work this out then you may be able to. It appears to be a fused spur off the ring main so it should be fine.
 
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Thank you :thumbsup:

The circuit is on the RCD protected side of the fusebox.

How would one know if the protective device on the consumer unit is adequate? Can we assume so as it's a new Beko mode?

Just to clarify, when you say the tumble dryer switch is broken do you mean the wall switch labelled 'Tube heater' which is missing the plastic cover over the LED in the switch?

Thanks again,

Tom
 
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Photo of circuit board as follows. Labelled 'panel heater' 2nd MCB from right.

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It should be fine, although note that the tumble dryer will require the full load of 13A, whereas the tiny 55W background heater requires less than 0.25A. One would hope that the installer did not take advantage of that fixed, low current consumption to install the cable with heavy derating factors, that will cause it to overheat when presented with a 13A load. Unlikely but just worth a mention.
 
Put the socket where the FCU (tube heater switch) as a FCU will not be required. Pull out the wire to the lower plate.
 
But you didn't take the advice did you? That FCU is not necessary as the tumble dryer plug has a fuse.
Who cares? Why would he want the socket up at light switch height? (And probably outside this cupboard). Putting it where the flex outlet used to be is spot on.
 
Who cares? Why would he want the socket up at light switch height? (And probably outside this cupboard). Putting it where the flex outlet used to be is spot on.
But he does not need a FCU, nor a switch there. Join the cables inside and put a blanking plate on.
 
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I would just change both to single switched sockets the H/L socket could be used for charging hoover etc. test and relabel the consumer unit.
 
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But you didn't take the advice did you? That FCU is not necessary as the tumble dryer plug has a fuse.
Hi George, rsgaz is correct - the FCU is outside of the cupboard and about chest height - so I was not going to follow your advice to replace that with a socket and pull out the wire to the lower plate. I appreciate your advice there and am aware that you could not have known the full set up/positioning. In terms of just connecting the wires internally and putting a blanking plate on, I appreciate that would have worked, however by keeping the FCU I've the option to refit the tube heater back in years to come and I also feel the switch looks neater in our corridor. But thanks for the alternate options. The tumble dryer works, it all looks neat and tidy, and I've learnt more about electrics than I previously knew so I feel a good result. Again thank you all for your help here :thumbsup:
 
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