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No heat generated by Soleus HGW-308 Mid-Size Heater

My wife has been using a Soleus HGW-308 I purchased for her every day for ~1 month. As she ususally does, she had had it on in the morning, then turned it off to go have lunch. When she came back and turned it back on (after ~1 hr), it would not generate any heat. The power button indicates that power is still getting to the unit. When I turn the nob to adjust the heat, I can hear it clicking on or off, so the thermostat seems to be working, so might it be a short to or in the heating element(s) itself?

How can I troubleshoot this further? I have basic skills soldering, so may be able to do simply repairs if I can find the problem.

My cold wife and I thank you!

Bill

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  • wesamuels Jan 19, 2009

    Wonderful! Thank you very much!

    I'll isolate the problem, and simply replace the part (or unit if that's what it turns out to be).

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If you can hear a "click" when you turn the temperature knob, and the unit is plugged in, chances are the heating has failed.

If you have a multimeter, unplug the unit from the wall.

Put the meter on R x 1000 ohms, and put the meter probes on each of the plug blades. Rotate the temperature control through it's range. You should have just a few ohms when the control has clicked (you really don't care at this point), as you turn the temperature control to a hotter temperature. You should have no ohms when turning the other way (this all assumes you are in a typical room temperature environment.).

If no reading is obtained, either the element has failed, the temperature control has failed, the "tip-over" switch has failed, there is a burned terminal in the wiring, or sometimes a heat fuse fails.

If it's the element or temperature control, it's probably best just to buy a new heater. The other three are identify and replace.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

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