Tip & How-To about Heating & Cooling
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.
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.
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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