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Sauna Controls & Controllers
Choose from 3 Sauna Control Options ...#1 DEC - Digital Electronic Control - popular interior sauna heater control - chosen by 95% of buyers.
#2 OMC - Mechanical Control - mechanical sauna control - with mechanical ticking timer.
#3 BIC --- Built-in Control mounted on the heater - uses the same mechanical controls as #2 OMC
Digital, Electronic & Mechanical Sauna Heater Controls & Parts
Priced at $298 as a replacement, the #1 DEC Digital Electronic Sauna Control is our most popular sauna control. Mechanical sauna controls are still used to replace some older style sauna controls (from 1970-1999). Our DEC sauna control fit virtually all sauna heaters. The most popular heater is the 6 Kw heater that draws 25 amps on a 30 amp breaker 240-volt. The purpose of the sauna controller is to regulate the sauna heat according to the thermostat setting within the allowed time determined by the 60-minute timer.
The 110 volt sauna light - should be on its own switch on a separate 110 volt circuit. The light switch should be a dimmer so the sauna lighting can be adjusted to be subdued. Avoid using the AUX button.
The wiring for a 6 Kw sauna heater (#10/2), is installed from the breaker panel to the sauna control located beside the sauna door on the outside of the sauna wall. From the sauna control, the wire is run to the sauna heater. The exposed wire inside the sauna room will be encased in seal-tite flex conduit to give it mechanical and vapor protection. No neutral is needed, no GFCI is ever used.
The use of a larger 3-gang junction box is essential for easier installation.
Other Names: Mercuri Control, OWC Sauna Control, OMC Mechanical Control, TKE, TKE 2-2 Controller
Sauna Heater Controls Available ...
Sauna Control - #1 DEC - Digital Electronic Control
Our most popular Saunacore electronic control provides a number of extra features. The DEC electronic thermostat is for interior use only. It maintains the sauna temperature extremely accurately, within +/- 3 degrees. The electronic timer has no ticking sound. The DEC sauna control is also ideal whenever the control is more than 7' or 8' away from the heater. It can also be located up to 100' away from the sauna heater.
A special size junction box (3-gang masonry box with larger inside space) must be used. It is supplied when the DEC Control is sold as part of a sauna heater package or in a complete sauna kit.
#1 DEC - Digital Electronic Control
Sold Separately as a Service Part ... Reg. $448. ... Overstock $298.
Larger Junction Box for Mounting the #1 DEC - Required ... ... ... ... ... $19.
Sauna Control - #2 OMC - Outside Mechanical Control
This mechanical sauna control will be located on a wall outside the sauna at a convenient level about 4.5' up from the floor. This control can be used for exterior or interior. It eliminates going into the sauna and bending over each time to turn the sauna on, off or adjusting the controls. The thermostat has a 8' capillary to connect the heat sensor (located in the sauna room) to the thermostat control. The OMC sauna control must, therefore, be located within 6' or 7' of the heater. A 3-gang masonry junction box is essential for easier installation of the wires to the controls. We normally supply it ($19). The #2 OMC Control allows the sauna temperature to fluctuate up to 15 degrees. The timer makes an small ticking sound. Some sauna users consider that bothersome. Warranty on this service part is 90 days.
Read details below ...
#2 OMC - Outside Mechanical Control - Sold Separately as a Service Part ... $488.
Larger Junction Box for Mounting the #2 OMC - Required (Included) .... ...... ... $0.
Sauna Control - #3 BIC - Built-in Control
The BIC Control is mounted on the bottom of the sauna heater at the factory. Some sauna buyers prefer the built-in controls (with thermostat & 60 minute timer) for their ease of wiring as the 240 volt wiring goes directly to the heater. The heater must be ordered with this control installed at the factory. Read details ...
#3 BIC - Built-in Control - Available as service parts, same as a #2 OMC Control. Available in Parts as Below.
Sauna Control Replacement Parts - mechanical parts are available for service replacement for all sauna heaters ...
Thermostat Assembly, includes temp. probe ... $169.
Timer for 60-minutes, 2-pole, rated 28 amps ... $199.
Contactors, 40 and 50 Amps are available ... .... $130 to $229 por
Knob, for Thermostat ... ... ... ... ... ... $29.
Knob, for Timer ... .... .... .... .... .... ..... $29.
Pilot Light Indicator, Round ..... .... .. $29.
Face Plate, for OWC Control ... .... .... $39.
Sauna Control - #1 DEC - Homecraft Digital Electronic Control
Our most popular Homecraft electronic control provides a number of extra features. The DEC electronic thermostat maintains the sauna temperature extremely accurately, within +/- 3 degrees. The electronic timer has no ticking sound. The DEC sauna control is also ideal whenever the control is more than 7' or 8' away from the heater. It can also be located up to 100' away from the sauna heater. For interior use only.
The Homecraft #1 DEC Control fits all Homecraft heaters from 4 Kw to 9 Kw.
Homecraft heaters 12 and 15 Kw include built-in relays for the higher amperage.
#1 DEC - Homecraft Digital Electronic Control - Sold Separately, for 4 Kw to 9 Kw ... $448.
Here are the instructions for changing from Celsius to Fahrenheit on the Saunacore #1 DEC:
When the DEC control is in stand-by mode, press and hold the time down adjustment arrow and the temperature down adjustment arrow for ten seconds. The LED beside the temperature display will change to the desired setting in Celsius or Fahrenheit.
3. Sauna Control - #3 BIC - Built-in Control on the Heater ...The #3 BIC Built-in Sauna Control has the mechanical thermostat and 60 minute ticking timer mounted right on the sauna heater. Many sauna buyers prefer the built-in controls for its ease of wiring as a replacement heater. However some sauna users find the ticking timer a distraction to the sauna experience.
Technical Support Information - Electric Sauna Heaters ...
Sauna Heater Rough-in Information...
Sauna Control or Sauna Control Panel ...The sauna control panel regulates the temperature of the dry heat according to the thermostat setting within the allowed time determined by the 60-minute timer. Maximum thermostat setting is 194 F degrees or 90 degrees C as required by the electrical code. Some sauna controls are line voltage (110 volt or 240 volt) and some are low voltage (ie. 24 volt).
Sauna Controllers ...Sauna controllers regulate the dry heat according to the thermostat setting within the allowed time determined by the 60-minute timer. Maximum thermostat setting is 194 F degrees or 90 C according to the electrical code.
Sauna Contactor ...A sauna contactor is used when the heater size is larger than 6 Kw or 25 amps. Most sauna control panels are not rated to carry a heavier amperage load than 30 amps. Using a sauna contactor (or relay) allows the sauna control to operate on a no-load control circuit and not the line amperage load of the sauna heater.
Sauna Control Thermostat ...The sauna control thermostat regulates the temperature of the dry heat using the thermostat. Maximum thermostat setting is 194 F degrees or 90 C according to the electrical code.
Sauna Control Electric ...An electric sauna control is required to be used with all electric sauna heaters and stoves to regulate the temperature of the dry heat according to the thermostat setting.
Sauna Contactor ...A sauna contactor is used when the heater size is larger than 6 Kw or 25 amps. Sauna control panels are not rated to carry an amperage load greater than 30 amps. Using a sauna contactor (or relay) removes the line amperage load from the sauna control.
Sauna Control Saunacore ...Home Saunas Since 1974 supplies Saunacore sauna controls to all of Canada and the USA. Saunacore controls are 110 volt and 240 volt line-voltage controls.
Sauna Control Homecraft ...Home Saunas Since 1974 supplies Homecraft sauna controls to all of Canada and the USA.
Sauna Control Canada ...Home Saunas Since 1974 supplies sauna controls to all of Canada.
Sauna Contactor ...A sauna contactor is used when the heater size is larger than 6 Kw or 25 amps. Most sauna control panels are not rated to carry a heavier amperage load than 30 amps. Using a sauna contactor (or relay) removes the line amperage load from the sauna control.
Sauna GFCI...A sauna should never have a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) in the sauna circuit. It is not required by the NEC Electrical Code. The GFCI will trip off whenever the sauna is in use and water is added to the hot rocks.
Saunacore Mercuri Digital Control ...The Saunacore Mercuri digital control is identical to #1 DEC Digital Electronic Sauna Control as supplied by Home Saunas Since 1974.
Saunacore Mechanical Control ...The Saunacore mechanical control can be used to replace most older and failing mechanical thermostats. Refer to the #2 OWC Outside Wall Control (Mechanical). as supplied by Home Saunas Since 1974. All sauna heaters from the 1970-2000 era used mechanical thermostats.
Sauna heater customers should order the DEC digital control:- it is much more accurate +/- 3 degrees
- full 1 year warranty
- silent timer like a micro-wave
- customers should avoid using the Aux 110 volt circuit for their lights. It is better to use a separate dimmer style control for the light switch
- a mounting bracket is not needed for the 1" long heat sensor to be located inside the sauna room
OWC Mechanical Control- mechanical style is less accurate - allows +/- 12 degrees
- 60 day warranty - made in Mexico
- timer ticks like a kitchen timer
- the heat sensor needs a mounting bracket
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