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CAUTION LIGHT only -- no Fan or Heat

My Black & Decker BDCH100 had been used for approximately 20 hours before the present problem. The CAUTION LIGHT comes on and no other response from the heater ...no fan and no heat. I have misplaced the manual and have no reference for a solution. Does this CAUTION LIGHT mean the unit should be reset? If so, how is this done? Any help will be appreciated.

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  • kmmast Jan 25, 2009

    I have the same problem! and i cannot figure it out, and i am sitting in my room freezing

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2009

    My heater only runs for 2 to 10 minutes before the caution light comes on and the heat cuts off. I'd like to use it to heat my bedroom at night but it won't stay on long enough to heat my small bathroom.

  • Clark with Big Toast Dec 11, 2012

    Open it up and clean it out. I mean, buy a can of non-chlorinated brake cleaner and squirt all of the contacts good. Below the fan there is a sensor mounted on the heater element box on the bottom. That gets dust in it and causes it to trip. Try cleaning it. While you are there, squirt the motor bushings good and dab a drop of synthetic motor oil (just a drop) on EACH motor bushing. Personally, I required this and bypassed all of the safety features.

  • Clark with Big Toast Dec 11, 2012

    Open it up and clean it out. I mean, buy a can of non-chlorinated brake cleaner and squirt all of the contacts good. Below the fan there is a sensor mounted on the heater element box on the bottom. That gets dust in it and causes it to trip. Try cleaning it. While you are there, squirt the motor bushings good and dab a drop of synthetic motor oil (just a drop) on EACH motor bushing. Personally, I required this and bypassed all of the safety features. You can bypass that sensor with soldering or cutting any wires. All you have to do is unscrew the wires from the holder and then unscrew the tiny nuts and tiny bolts. Then bolt the together and put it back in the holder and fighting the screw to hold it in. This method fixes the issue completely as it removes the sensor from the equation.

  • Clark with Big Toast Dec 11, 2012

    MILKHOUSE HEATER "CAUTION LIGHT" SOLUTION: Unplug the heater. Open it up and clean it out. I mean, buy a can of non-chlorinated brake cleaner and squirt all of the contacts good. Below the fan there is a sensor mounted on the heater element box on the bottom. That goes bad and causes it to trip. While you are there, squirt the motor bushings good with the brake cleaner and dab a drop of synthetic motor oil (just a drop) on EACH of the two motor bushings. Personally, I rewired this and bypassed all of the safety features. You can bypass that sensor without soldering or cutting any wires. All you have to do is unscrew the wires from the holder and then unscrew the tiny nuts and tiny bolts. Then bolt the together at one end (note the position) and put it back in the holder and tighten the screw to hold it in. This method fixes the issue completely as it removes the sensor from the equation. In fact, I just did that on my third milkhouse heater and it has been running solid for the last 15 minutes. Use your modified heater with caution!

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    The caution light comes on when it is plugged in and it will not work

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MILKHOUSE HEATER "CAUTION LIGHT" SOLUTION: Before I explain, let me clear this myth up: this is NOT an issue with the pendulum safety switch (some mistake that for a "mercury" switch). To begin, unplug the heater. Open it up and clean it out. I mean, buy a can of non-chlorinated brake cleaner and squirt all of the contacts good. Below the fan there is a sensor mounted on the heater element box on the bottom. That goes bad and causes it to trip. While you are there, squirt the motor bushings good with the brake cleaner and dab a drop of synthetic motor oil (just a drop) on EACH of the two motor bushings. Personally, I rewired this and bypassed all of the safety features. You can bypass that sensor without soldering or cutting any wires. All you have to do is unscrew the wires from the holder and then unscrew the tiny nuts and tiny bolts. Then bolt the together at one end (note the position) and put it back in the holder and tighten the screw to hold it in. This method fixes the issue completely as it removes the sensor from the equation. In fact, I just did that on my third milkhouse heater and it has been running solid for the last 15 minutes. Use your modified heater with caution! Let the brake cleaner dry before you energize this device!

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According to the manual, the "Caution Light" means that the unit has overheated. They suggest running on a lesser setting, but you also may want to see if you can return the unit (if it is still under warranty).

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