I have a Vornado VH2 portable heater. The fan has quit working.
When you first turn it on, the fan tries to move, ever so slowly, but never gets going. Sometimes it still heats up and other times I get nothing, no heat and no fan. What do I need to replace? Is it worth it or just buy a new one?
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A big problem with these heaters ans well as others is the motor driving the fan. The bearings get stiff from dirt and do not spin fast enough activating the over temp device of the heating element. Check the motor out by placing the unit in fan mode them pull the plug or turn off looking at the fan to see how many revolutions is makes with no power applied. It should rotate like five times or more indicating freeness. If it hals to a stop immediately after power is removed the motor bearings are tight.
If your handy you take apart and oil the shafts using 3inone motor lube. Clean the motor of dust and dirt drop a few drops on the shafts near the bearings then work it in by hand rotating the blades. Do this a few times reassemble then lerripp!!!
Sounds like you got a lemon. Contact Vornado Customer Service - the TVH600 comes with a 5 year warranty that covers all costs associated with replacing or repairing the heater. They even pay for shipping costs as long as the unit is still under warranty. Just give the rep the serial number on the bottom of your product. The number is 1-800-234-0604. When you call, you'll actually get a real person, and the support team is very pleasant and helpful. Good luck with your heater!
This is a pretty common issue with these heaters. The switch can easily be replaced by opening the unit and swapping out the switch assembly. One switch I have found that works well and is reatively inexpensive (under $4) is the one from Radio Shack (P# 275-0020) which is a 16A 125VAC illuminated round rocker switch. Unlike the OEM one that drops in, the RS one is a panel type which you will have to screw into place. The whole procedure shouldn't take you more than 15min.
I would call Vornado at 1-800-234-0604. They have great customer service- and usually have really good warranties with their products. I bet they can get you figured out. Any time I have had any questions, they have been very helpful. Vornado is also on Twitter, by the way - so if you "tweet" then some people ask questions via twitter too. I have always had good luck with their fans...
Dust on the inside of the unit can cause the overload switch to shut many vornados down. Blowing the dust out of the unit with compressed air or a blower may help.
Another problem that causes vornados to stop working (light on - no heat no fan) is when one of the bearings starts to go bad in the unit. This causes the fan to be slower and less effective and the unit’s inability to move the heat away from the thermal overload switch again causes it to shut down.
Though you could remove the front and rear bearings and try to get replacements if it's even replaceable ... Once the bearing starts to go bad there is little that can be done ... HOWEVER, here is one solution to get more life out of the unit.
First, use a blower to blow all the dust out of the unit. Then, because it is typically the front bearing that goes bad first, lay the vornado on it’s back (so the unit would be blowing air up toward the ceiling), this will relieve the front bearing somewhat and rely more on the rear bearing which tends to last longer.
The vornados I’ve had are all thermistor units ... that is, they don’t just turn on and off when the set temp is reached but in fact slow themselves down (both heat and fan) to keep some level of air circulation in the room. This is a good thing by the way. There are usually two toggle switches .... one is a heat switch - usually Low & High .... the other is the thermistor switch (this sometimes is labeled “fan”) - usually Auto & High.
Once the unit is on its back ... Now, change the settings as follows: Turn the Heat switch to LOW Turn the Fan switch to HIGH Turn the dial (with the temperature in degrees on it) to the lowest setting - which is somewhere around 60’ish.
Now turn the unit on and it should stay working. Three things that could cause it to turn back off ... You turn the Fan switch back to Auto. You turn the Heat switch back to High You turn the temperature selection dial too high ... though, you can cautiously turn the dial up a few degrees at a time ... the unit will start shutting down again when you set the temp too high ... then just dial it back down ... unplug for a couple minutes, then turn back on.
THERE IS A LIMIT SWITCH THAT REGULATES HOW LONG THE HEAT STAYS ON SOUNDS LIKE THIS LIMIT SWITCH WHENT BAD MOST ITEMS LIKE THIS HAVE A FACTORY WARRANTY THAT COVERS THIS ISSUE MY RECCOMENDATION IS TO TAKE IT BACK TO WARE YOU BOUGHT IT OR IF YOU LIKE TAKE IT APART WHILE IT IS UNPLUGGED AND LOOK FOR A LITTLE DEVICE THAT BREAKS ONE WIRE TO YOUR HEATER ELEMENT AND TRY TO MATCH IT UP AND REPLACE IT.