Cannot get the heating element to turn off properly on Lasko 5620
I have a Lasko 5620 baseboard heater that came in the box from Lowe's without an instruction manual. I apperantly set a temperature, but the unit does not turn off when it has reached the temperature I set. I have to just turn off the unit when it gets the room too hot.
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From whatI have seen on base board heaters if I recall correctly, the thermostat may be sepperate. Usually thermostats on these have a round knob. 1 line goes to this and the other side of the thermostat goes to 1 end of th element and the othe line attaches to the other side of the element. Its possible you have the element wired in directky if it came without a thermostat and without instructions it may till be connected directly. You should have an L1 and L2 connection and hope there is a wire diagram on the cover.
THE reason these basebord heaters used to come without a thermostat is because they are (OR WERE)set up to add on additional heaters comming right on down the wall. At the last one you could tie in and get a correct rated thermostat installed in the center of the series.
Return to LOWES and ask them to remove the instructions and copy them for you from another like model. Or have them contact the manufacturer and request they fax a copy of instructions with a diagram. Also ask if the heater comes with a thermostat. It may stoill be sepperate in another kit.
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sounds like the heater might have a bad heating element or the transformer inside the unit is shorting out. first thing that I would check is to remove the wire plate and check for any burned out wires. ( this unit could be a serious fire hazard ) --- you could always have a electrician come out and check the unit for voltage problems or for about the same price you could go down to your local Hardware/appliance store and just buy a new unit and replace it,, they install very easy and it only takes about 30 minutes to remove and replace the unit --- try and get a unit with the same messurments so you will not have to paint the wall area around the new unit.
now one more quick test to trouble shoot the unit --- try and run power to your satellite system via a extention cord and a different outlet from inside the house. there is a chance that the sat system and the baseboard heater are sharing the same power source and when the heater kicks on ( with its problem ) it is causing a issue with the sat system.
again,,, check out and solve this problem soon as it could lead to a electrical fire.
First check the wiring to make sure that there are no loose connections... also check the thermostat to make sure that the heat is not affesting it directly and that the sensing part of the thermostat is away from the elemnt enough to sense the ait temperature and not the element heat....
If all of that checks out then try to change the t-stat... it is bad...
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I also have the model 5620. with the yellow caution light on. After taking the unit completely apart I found 2 thermal fuses on the bottom of the unit(appox. size of a nickel). They are located under 'U" shaped brackets which are below the medal heating element. The thermal fuses do not reset. you could test them with a drip or two of souder or wire on the top - if you ran the heater this way it would be a safety problem as the fuse would be overridden. I am throwning mine away.
the caution light is telling you something is wrong. most wired baseboard heaters have a hi limit cutout that may be bad. it is connected into the heater circuit as a safety device. you could jump out this element to test this theory. if the element is shorted, certainly it would blow a fuse or circuit breaker. if the element is open it won't heat at all. you need to take it apart and use a test meter to troubleshoot it.