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I'd like a thermostat and timer bathroom electric towel

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I'd like a thermostat and timer for my bathroom electric towel radiator. I'd like it to come on for a couple of hours in the morning and turn on and off to keep the room to a certain temperature. The radiator is not dual fuel and I think it is a single heat element as it's either on or off.
Am I right to assume the element is single heat?
Does something exist where it is a timer and room thermostat in one?
Or is the thermostat part only to control the heat of the element rather than the room?
Or can I buy two separate things, one a timer and the other a thermostat?
Can I fit the thermostat/timer myself?
Can either be fitted in the bathroom?
How is the heater currently wired?
Can you upload a picture of the connection?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Its a 13amp fuse and it's part of the sockets loop, I've attached photos.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Andrew, are you still there?!
Is the spur on the outside of the bathroom?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Ok, you can change that for a timer quite easily; thermostat will be harder, if you still want to try?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks. Yes ideally i'd like a thermostat but is there one that will turn the the element on and off depending on the room tenperature? I ask that as I think I have a single heat element and so a thermostat that varied the heat of the element will not work.
No you would need one that would turn the element on and off completely.
Are you able to run a cable in the wall up to a thermostat height?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Id rather not run a cable up if there is some kind of wireless thermostat?
Something like this; it would mean one of these and perhaps a relay box as this unit cannot take a lot of voltage.
Can you confirm the rating of the heater element- there should be a sticker on the heater.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I took the radiator off the wall to check yesterday but theres no sticker :(
What size fuse is in the spur?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
13 amps
There are programmable room thermostats that can switch up to 10A, which would be the ideal option.
To be sure we would need to know the rating of the heating element.
These are wireless so the transmitter sits in the bathroom and is battery powered so fine for the bathroom
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I didnt realise the wireless thermostats would be so expensive, I think the best value option is to get the timer?
Ok, no problem.
A simple wire in, wire out just exactly as it is now
Replace the fused spur
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for your help