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Re: baseboard heater problem
Sounds like you have spark ignition, and possibly your spark ignitor module is going bad and needs to be replace, could also be your thermopile or thermocouple going bad. If you open the door you will be able to see what is going on. If you see spark and it looks like it is pretty strong, then I would make sure everything else looks ok
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I AM ASUMING THESE ARE ELECTRIC BASEBOARD HEATERS, I ADVISE TO CALL A EXPERT BECAUSE YOU ARE DEALING WITH ABOUT 240 VOLTS OF ELECTRICITY, BUT THE PROBLEM MAYBE THE THERMOSAT ITS SELF, CHECK TO SEE IF THIR IS 240 VOLTS AT THE THERMOSTAT, IF NOT MAKE SURE THERE IS 240 AT THE BREAKER, IF THERE IS POWER AT THE BREAKER, THE THERMOSTAT. CHECK AT THE HEATER, ONE LEGG OF THE BREAKER CAN BE BAD, THESE ARE VERY COMMEN PROBLEMS AD OUT OF 200 HEATER PROBLEMS IT IS USALLY ONE OF THESE, PLEASE LEAVE FEED BACK IF THIS HELPS YOU THANKS
I could find no electrical code or mechanical code that says you can do that, so I wouldn't do that. But have you thought of or do you have the overhead space to install a hanging unit heater? They don't require much space(just make sure you install it per manufacturers specifications) and they come in much higher BTU ratings.
I just ran into this same problem yesterday when I had a new baseboard heater installed in my tiny bedroom. When I turned it on it gave off a horrible smell that made me cough and choke. The stench went everywhere -- opening the bedroom windows and closing the door was not enough. I called the electrician this morning and he told me that it is the coating on the heater coil. He said they coat the coils when the heaters are manufactured to prevent them from corroding before they are installed. He said this would happen with any new baseboard heater I got. He suggested that I go stay somewhere else for a few days while leaving the heater on high to let the coating burn off. Since I could not do this, I had the heater removed again.
I wish I had a better answer for you. It seems crazy to me that a manufacturer would make heater coils out of a metal that corrodes easily -- I mean, it will start corroding as soon as the coating burns off, right? Plus, why use a toxic coating in the first place?