Question about Presto HeatDish Compact Heater
I have a Presto HeatDish Compact Heater and would like to cleane the dish. It is getting very dusty and smells funny when it's on. I can't see any way to remove the grid covering the dish. Is the only way to clean it going to be putting something through the bars on the grid and poking around that way?? Thanks for your help.
I pried the upper rim with needle nosed pliers --,just enough to get the grid off. After cleaning with Mister Bubbles, I popped the grid back in and bent the rim back down. I then took a hammer and
smoothed the rough edges. Looks almost like new!!
Posted on Feb 17, 2009
What worked for me was taking a small, barely damp washcloth and with the unit on it's back (unplugged, of course) slid it through the grate. Next. I pushed it around with a wooden spoon until all of the dust was gone. Then, I pulled the washcloth back out.
I tried the butter knife method first, but it was chipping the ceramic coating off of the grate....
Posted on Nov 23, 2008
Dip it in a tank or put it in commercial launry and then dryer. it works
Posted on Feb 22, 2008
If you like living on the edge, spray some windex into the dish and then hit with a spray of water while upside down in the sink. This gets 99% of the dirt without disassembling a thing. Then if you have compressed air blow off the water or else leave it stand overnight to dry. You may get some steam from the coils when you turn it on but hey...live a little. Worked for me.....zap.
Posted on Jan 01, 2012
I use the can of compressed gas duster that you use for computer keyboard cleaning. It has the extension tube for hard to reach areas but be sure to use short blasts otherwise it will send mists instead of compressed air. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jan 29, 2009
The smell that you experience when the heater is first turned on is any combination of dust, carpet fibers, pollen etc. that has settled on the dish, element or any other part that heats up. I ALWAYS start up the heater outside for a few minutes to burn off the dust before I bring it in and then put it down gently to keep more stuff from falling onto the hot surface. I tried several methods on my old Presto heater to clean the dish including most of the ones listed above. Soap and water worked the best after prying the cover open. but eventually the heating element rusted and broke in several places after about 10 years of use. I tried to find a new coil element to replace the old broken one with but the company doesn't sell them and the universal heating coil stock (in bulk) have to be matched in the electrical circuit for resistance, length, cross-sectional diameter and other factors. Does anyone know where to get a new element for the Presto? I did end up buying a new one but would like to fix the old one too.
Posted on May 23, 2010
The cleaner (and more reflective) the dish is, the more efficient the dish works.
I used the "pry" method with a pair of pliers. Carefully lifting the edge a very small amount. I went around about half way then "popped" the grill off. Cleaning was very easy and the grill "popped" right back on.
I rebent the soft aluminum back in place at 3 or 4 places so that it would pop off easier the next time but wouldn't pop off when you didn't want it to.
Posted on Dec 09, 2007
Take it outside and blow it out using a leaf blower or a can of compressed air.
Posted on Feb 26, 2007
I have one and have kept it clean with a microfiber cloth and a chopstick; thru the grill. I got a 2nd unit, at thrift. It was grungy and a bit dented. I popped the grill off and cleaned it; knocked out dents, as well. Since it was oxidized, I polished it with Maguires Alum Mag Polish, and a random orbital buffer; with microfiber polishing pad.
I could not believe how shiny it got. Knowing that a smooth surface reflects more direct heat, I fired it up. The performance improvement is substantial. In most typical usage , I've had to dial the temp control back 1/4 turn; or more. I can see a deep red/orange glow, in the reflector, when it's on. I liked the mod so much, I did the same to my original unit. Here is a pic. Clean & unpolished unit on the left - polished beater on the right. The shine is great. I don't think picture fully does it justice.
Posted on Nov 28, 2015
It all depends on the how much dust has accumulated on inside of the dish.
Try to use the Swiffer first before mechanically altering any part. Slide the duster in through the grate, and move it around. Pull it out and repeat on the other area. You'll just have to do this around 3 times.
If heavy clean is necessary, then you might have to resort to bending the lip of the dish to separate the grate off from the dish.
Posted on Dec 11, 2014
By far, the easiest way is to take a long screwdriver, wrap with a very lightly moisten thin towel. Make sure the towel part is several inches longer than the screwdriver and that you can hold on to both at the handle side. Thread through the cage at 12-3-6-9 o'clock positions. Sweep from side-to-side, tilt the heater to get close to the cage. Worked for me! PS. Never do this while plugged in..of course. Let dry before using.
Posted on Feb 22, 2008
I pried open the dish from the grate (with two butter knives) and cleaned the dish very easily. Thanks to the other person who suggested this! I cleaned it with water on a cloth and 409.
Posted on Nov 26, 2007
I took 2 thin screw drivers and with some prying, removed the grill. cleaning was a breeze and snap the grill back in.
I created a small bend which I use to clean it regularly. Works for me.
Posted on Nov 24, 2007
Blowed with compressed air first then use contact cleaner, then blow it again. Stuborned lint you may use tooth brush. Be sure that contact cleaner is dielectric. Good luck, Orlando
Blowed with compressed air first then use contact cleaner, then blow it again. Stuborned lint you may use tooth brush.
Be sure that contact cleaner is dielectric.
Posted on Oct 18, 2007
But seriously: what's with the freaky smell?
Is it killing my brain?
I've had the heater for a few weeks (Costco purchase) and the smell is becoming intolerable.
Other commentors were spot-on; it smells like a cross between cooking Fimo / lighting pre-dipped charcoal briquettes
Posted on Jan 25, 2010
Unplug the unit and spray with glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol, trying to minimize direct spray to the heat core. The spray will clean the residue that may cling the dust to the surface and run down to the bottom of dish. Rinse with water, then blow dry.
Posted on Nov 04, 2007
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