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DeLonghi Space Heater does not Heat

Space heaters are becoming more common as people are trying to get their energy costs under control. To try and save money on heating, many people are turning down the heat for their central heating systems and then heating just the area that they are in with a small electric space heater.

While these electric space heaters are relatively inexpensive, there are many people who want to repair their space heater if it stops heating.

If you have an oil filled type space heater and it is leaking or you are thinking of refilling it then check out this tip.

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If you have an electric hot air space heater, and it is not working, then there are only a few things that can go wrong. The only parts that can fail are the switch(s) for the heating, the thermostat, and the heating element. Of these parts, the switches, and the thermostats are replaceable, but the heating elements usually are not. Finding the replacement parts can also be difficult. Here is one website that carries many of the parts for these heaters.

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To find out which part exactly is the part causing your problem, you will need to follow the power through the switch(s) and the thermostat to the heating element(s) and find out where and if the power is being interrupted before getting to the heating element. If the element is getting power then everything else is working and the element is bad. If there is no power there then go backwards till you find power and replace that part.

Always remember to mark any wires that you remove very well before removing them. There are many people looking for wiring diagrams because they have not remembered where they removed the wires from.

Also make sure to remove power, (unplug the cord) before removing any electrical components from the heater. Also when checking for power with the power on, you must be very careful to avoid a shocking experience that could result in death. Make sure all parts are away from metal parts of the heaters also to avoid shorting the part to the heater and blowing a breaker or ruining the heater.

In many cases, the time, energy and the cost of parts and shipping are not worth the cost of the heater that you are trying to fix. Make sure to check all of that out before trying to make repairs.

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energy smart light stays green but no heat

Depends if you have new or old style energy smart.
Generally this can mean the control board is bad.

Link below has contact information for Craftmaster and Whirlpool and some troubleshoot resources:

Repairs are funneled through the manufacturer who profits by selling non-generic parts not available from local hardware store... with purpose to end DIY repairs, make more money for manufacturer, and build up network of brand-loyal repair service companies who can sign you up with a repair package ... under the banner of saving you $1 a month in energy cost.
Look at label located on side of water heater to find manufacturer and serial number.

If water heater is within 6-9 year warranty period, then parts are covered, but labor is not.
Manufacturer can send parts and/or refer you to local technician.


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There are several ways to save money on your heating bill.

First and probably the cheapest is to change your air filter in your furnace. The more air flow restrictions you have the harder the fan motor has to work, making it less efficient. A side note, I always recommend to my customers to get the reusable filters, they cost a little more but you never have to buy a filter again.

Next you should look into getting a programmable thermostat, this way you can program your heater for when you're away, sleeping, weekends etc. When programming your furnace, never turn the furnace completely off when you are away. It will cost you more to heat your home when there's no heat in the home. Just let it maintain a lower temp while you're gone during the day.

Now lets look at the furnace itself, how efficient is it? How old is it? I can tell you that anything over 15 years should be considered changed out to a more efficient one. With all the government and utility company rebates you could save some good money on one. I have also seen heating bills cut in half due to a newer more efficient furnace.

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Consider both the positives and negatives before deciding to invest in a tankless water heater, and talk to a professional plumber for more information on how modern systems can benefit your home. Tankless water heater - modern, updated version of the traditional water heating systems - can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars. They take up a lot of space, they save energy (which translates to dollars saved) and they last longer than the old style heaters.

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Output is limited - While the function of on-demand heating is very feature that saves you money, it can also cause you frustration if you have a lot of members of the household. When the water is heating, it is divided between all the hot water faucet open. You may find you can not take a hot shower while washing machine and dishwasher is running, and may have activities involving hot water when appropriate.

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