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Heater pops the circuit breaker

It works great last year, but now when i turn it on, it breaks the circuit breaker. does anyone know why this is happening?

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  • katp56 Nov 16, 2008

    I will check that out. Thanks!

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Yesterday I received the new switch assembly with a complete wiring harness from Nelson Appliance. The 3oz metal weight is attached with a much stronger piece of plastic - see picture.

For the installation I only had to slip the automotive connectors back on the heating elements. Now I am back in business with a working heater. Unfortunately I am out of almost $40 for the whole replacement. I wish they had installed the stronger plastic piece that holds the metal weight in the first place.

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

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Lakewood 5500 Heater - Here is a picture of the rear side of the open heater thermostat with the two switches for 600 and 990W at the left. The 3oz metal piece is the weight that broke off from the thermostat assembly. It fell down and made a short between the case and the power switch. There is a visible burn mark where the short occurred.

I am convinced that if the heater ever falls over, the metal weight will break off and fall down and probably create a short against the case. It may disconnect the 120V power at the thermostat or cause a high enough current to kick out your breaker in the house.

The attachment of the 3oz metal weight to the back of the thermostat is not strong enough to survive when the heater falls over; it wil break off.

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I just opened up the control panel on my Lakewood 550 Heater. The switch has a rather heavy weight attached to it with a measley piece of plastic. On mine, the weight broke off at the plastic, and it ended up falling down and making a short between the case and the heater wire connection. There were some burn marks on the metal weight and the case of the switch assembly.

When I checked at the Lakewood Heater web site, they mention two different companies that sell spare parts; Lakewood does not sell any. So I am going for a switch replacement, since I do not want to mickey-mouse glue the weight back together. The only problem is the price for the replacement switch; it costs about half of what a new heater costs. Spare Parts at Nelson Appliance see - http://www.nelsonappliance.com

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