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MAXI hEAT CERAMIC HEATER CH 110

Won't turn on

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Possible problems:
Adjustable thermostat dirty or worn out. Can bypass thermostat with a wire, if you do this thermostat will not function since it has been bypassed.
"Too hot safety piece" (located between large yellow and large white wire) is dirty between contacts. Disassemble, clean with sandpaper, reassemble.

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    starlitopensky1 Nov 29, 2014

    Possible problems:
    Adjustable thermostat dirty or worn out. Can bypass thermostat with a wire, if you do this thermostat will not function since it has been bypassed.
    "Too hot safety piece" (located between large yellow and large white wire) is dirty between contacts. Disassemble, clean with sandpaper, reassemble.

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    starlitopensky1 Apr 11, 2015

    Replace "too hot safety piece" with a safety heat fuse that melts when it reaches a certain temperature (piece can be found on eBay for about one dollar).
    The thermostat goes bad? Disconnect four wires from it and connect to each other (use a plastic cap over ends of wires and use electrical tape around it and wires to ensure safety).
    Space heater will probably work for decades, just clean dust out of fan/etc once in a while.
    I like the design of the heating plate and how the wires connect to it. Wish I could buy another, heater sold in 2004 I believe.

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    starlitopensky1 Apr 11, 2015

    Replace "too hot safety piece" with too-hot heat fuse (1 dollar eBay).
    Disconnect 4 wires from thermostat and connect them together. Use safety plastic twist cap on ends of wires and electrical tape around wires and cap.
    Occasionally remove dust from fan and on heater plate and wires.
    Heater should now last for decades.

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