Oil filled heater dose not get as hot as it used to.
We just got a this heater a little less than a month ago and we loved it. It heated the room in a fair amount of time and was WARM without having fans blast dry air at us. Now, it still lights up and it still makes heat, but it does not get nearly as hot as it used to. We bought it on Amazon but the heater we have doesn't look like any of the pictures online. So maybe we got scammed. But maybe someone could tell me if they know of how we could fix an oil filled heater generally, if it still seems to work, just not as well.
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<p>A very common and increasing popular
source of <b>supplemental heat</b> in the last few years has been the
<b>oil filled electric radiator. </b>
heaters</b> are filled with an oil that circulates through the fins
of the heater and is heated by <b>electric heating elements</b>. The
result is a steady even type of heat that has a lower surface
temperature then many <b>space heaters</b>, making them a great way
to get <b>supplement heating</b> into a room when you have pets,
small children or combustibles near by.<br />
<p>One of the big
questions that comes up with these <b>oil filled heaters</b> is what
to do if they start to leak. The answer is that if the<b> oil heater</b>
starts to leak then it is no good anymore and needs to be disposed
of. These<b> heaters are filled with oil</b> at the factory and then
are sealed tightly. Because of this there is no need to ever <b>refill
the heater with oil</b> again. The heaters are sealed with the proper
oil inside for the <b>best heating efficiency. </b>
<p>So what this means
is that if you have one of these <b>oil filled radiator heaters, </b>you
will never have any <b>maintenance</b> or worries about <b>adding oil
to the heater</b>. But if there ever is a leak then the heater is
also no good and will need to be throw out and replaced. Very few of
these <b>oil filled heat units</b> ever leak, but as is always the
case there are always some that do.<br />
<p>A word of caution
about heating efficiency. Always remember that when <b>heating with
electricity</b>, the <b>laws of physics</b> always apply. <b>For
every 1 KW of electric you will only ever get 3415 BTU's of heat.</b><br />
<p>There is no way to
get any more or any less than that, so if anyone tries to tell you
that their electric heater is more efficient then the next one they
are not telling the truth.<br />
This heater has both a dial and a wattage selector. The dial is a thermostat, so it will turn the heater on and off as the temperature gets warmer and colder. Just like the thermostat on the wall in a house. The wattage selector switches let you pick how much heat goes in when the thermostat (the dial) tells the heater to turn on.
If you set the wattage at a higher level, the heater will use more power at once, but will turn on and off fewer times to keep the temperature determined by the dial setting.
If you set the wattage to a lower level, the heater will use less power at once, but will turn on more often and still use about the same amount of electricity.
So the dial really lets you pick how warm you want it to be in the room, and the wattage switches let you pick how often it turns on and gets hot. So this dial really determines how hot your room will be.
These electric heaters and efficiency do not go together at all!!
They are in no way efficient at all!!
Sure they are 100% efficient using the electric provided to them, but hwat is the cost of that electric compared to say gas or fuel oil?
The onlt way they can save you any money is if you live in one small room, heat that and not the rest of the house.
And no it is not more efficient to run it constantly...
If your not using the room you are heating with it turn it off.
Sorry if I seem to be ranting, but as a heating contractor I have seen these sold as "energy savers" many times and it is just a sales pitch and nothing more.
Absolutely NO truth to it whatsoever and they know it.
I hope that this will help you to solve your problem!
because it operates on room air temperature, if this is the only means of heat to this room, leaving it on would be more economical thus keeping the rise in air temp time less=less time it works hard to match what you desire. but if not only source of heat no. time to heat room would be almost the same thus you would save what you used during the day due to fluctuations in room temps between time your furnace would kick on and off.
I have the same heater and it works great in my bedroom (with a door). the room is about 12 x 14. For my living room and dining area I use 2 or 3 oscillating, ceramic, fan forced heaters spaced out.
As you say, logically...since heat rises, the heat comes off the top. Only 3 things that I can think of would make that heater not work: First, a factory defect (it doesn't heat period). Second, if you have it a room that is too large for that size heater. Third, if the room has no doors (such as a living room).
If you have a draft it can work to your advantage. By placing the heater in line with the draft it will actually accelerate the heat exchange process and distribute the heat faster for you.