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My Comfort Zone Ceramic electric heater CZ488 does not heat on high or low, but the fan that puts out cool air works. What is wrong.


It's mostly likely that somewhere in the circuit for the heat that it has opened somewhere so you don't have a complete closed circuit anymore. If it's old and not terribly expensive I'd just replace it. If it's not that old I would see what kind of factory warranty or store warranty night still apply to it, because I can only imagine that it would be very difficult if not impossible to get replacement parts for it, or the price of said parts would cost more than the price of a new unit. Please vote for my answer if you found it helpful, and let's us know your results. Thanks and good luck!

Feb 03, 2015 | Comfort Zone CZ488 Ceramic Heater

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Why does my Big Buddy Mr. Heater make a whistling or humming noise?


mr heater makes a whistling sound as gas escapes around the gasket of the ceramic heating elements, that is ,all around the outside edges of the ceramic heating elements.

You can find out exactly where the gas leak is , by pressing down on the outside edges of the ceramic elements with a big, long
slotted (flat bladed) screwdriver while mr heater is running and hot.

The screwdriver needs to be long enough so that you dont burn your hands [the longer & bigger the screwdriver, the better] & it does not hurt to wear heavy gloves too, because it gets very hot, very fast in front of mr heater.
The thicker the blade of the screwdriver is, the less chance of damaging the ceramic heating element because a thick bladed screwdriver will not concentrate all the pressure in just 1 tiny point.

You are not trying to crack the ceramic with a wood chisel.

Dont press down so hard that you break the ceramic heating element, start by pressing down gently and gradually increasing pressure until you notice a change in the whistle or sparks comming out of the heating element as loose carbon deposits
come out of the heating element and burn in the propaine flame.

When you press down on one edge ,the other opposite edge may come up slightly, resulting in loose carbon deposits escaping and burning as sparks.

also, you may not be pressing at the spot where the gas whistling is comming from and will need to move the screwdriver flat blade around the edges, here & there, to test for the effect of pressing down.

When you press down on the outside edge where the diamonds stop, while mr heater is whisteling, the whisteling will stop & mr heater will run quite. Sometimes, just pushing down with the screwdriver will stop the whisteling ,for a while,and maybe a good long while.

The big pain in the **** solution is to put a new gasket around the
ceramic heating elements, but there is no guarantee that the new gasket will not whistle.
Its a big ,nasty job, which I would rather not do--so I just push down with the screwdriver, to temporarly stop the whisteling, I guess it depends on how much the whisteling annoys you, as to if you want to go thru all the effort & expense of changing out the gaskets, without knowing if it will still whistle when you are done.

Im just a diy guy that has 3 big buddys I keep going for 4 yrs now.
I took one apart to look 4 the cause of the gas whistling, and then put it back together. Funny,it stopped whisteling & that was 3 yrs ago. I didnt put in any new parts.

It may help ,a lot ,to increase the pressure with which the Mr heater ceramic is pressed down against the gasket material.


This is accomplished by a heavy stainless steel wire that runs behind the ceramic heater element and goes through sheet metal
tabs on each side of the ceramic mounting frame.
You can bend the wire and the tabs,but only a little bit, and be very careful not to break the tabs because the tabs are not repairable, to increase the downwards pressure of the ceramic element against the gasket material. This may stop the gas whisteling--
its a try & see thing, a finicky adjustment, that sometimes works
& sometimes does not and sometimes, after a week or two, the ceramic might reseat itself against the gasket material and the whistling stop. Mine did stop whistling, but not until a couple of months after i did the job, due ,i think to reseating of the cermic against the gasket material. its try & see thing.


also ,a gas tank that has higher than average gas pressure may start gas whistling up but the whistling will stop after you have burned up the higher pressure of the propaine.

Jan 06, 2013 | Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater

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Heater bionaire bch9224-cn no heat


The Bionaire BCH9224-CN is a ceramic space heater, one of apparently 4 related units. The 9224 is the tallest in the family and I also have the shorter BCH9212-CN. They are electric so I have no idea what all this talk about 'gas', 'pilot light' and 'flame' is. My 9224 failed in a way that seems quite common with Bionaire space heaters in general, namely, first the smell of burning electrical insulation, then a snap or pop accompanied by a flash of light out the lower side, and then no more heat. It is possible that the original questioner had this happen but wasn't around to witness it. Now it is possible that the failure is in the electrical control board but in my case (and in fact I'm betting for many or most of the Bionaire failures) it was a wire running to the ceramic heating block (element) that fried at the connection to the ceramic element. I would say it is very unlikely the failures of the Bionaires are in the ceramic heater blocks themselves, and in fact the 9224 and the 9212 (and I assume many or most of the other Bionaires) actually have two ceramic blocks/elements fastened together, one being used for the 750 watt heating and both for the 1500 watt heating. The central wire running to the blocks must support enough current (about 12.5 amps) for both of the blocks, whereas the wires to the individual blocks need half that (about 6.25 amps). In my 9224 unit the weak spot was clearly where the central, common wire was connected to the spade-like connector that was crimped onto the central, common tab of the ceramic block pair. At first I thought I'd just toss the thing but then I opened it up, did the autopsy and repaired it by replacing the 3 wires from the circuit board to the ceramic blocks with 14 gauge wire, and made the connection of the wires to the three soft metal (tin or tin alloy?) tabs of the ceramic blocks by carefully drilling holes in the tabs and bolting eye, crimp-type wire connectors to the tabs using small screws. Oddly enough I opened up the smaller unit (the BCH9212-CN) and it has the same ceramic element pair but no indication of burnt wires.

Jan 08, 2012 | Bionaire Heating & Cooling

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My heater is displaying ROL


ROL on this heater stands for ROLLOUT. There is a small ceramic switch with 2 wires on the indide front left of the cabinet. The part is only 5-10 dollars US. It can be replaced by anybody. The problem is that this usually only fails when there is a bad burn situation and a flame ROLLOUT occurs.
This can be caused by a sooted heat exchanger, high winds, incorrect venting, incorrect gas supply, or a chipping refractory kit. Make sure everything is cleaned out and looked at before replacing the switch. Especially make sure there is no debris on top of the burner tray.

Apr 30, 2011 | Rheem 266K to 399K BTU Swimming Pool...

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Panel won't hold a flame


this could have to do with the main gas feeds to the ceramic panels . they might be obstructed with a spider web or dirt,foriegn material etc.
easiest fix is to take a air compresser with a blow gun tip and blow out ant foriegn material or spider webs from the gas feed pipes to
the ceramic burners.
the gas feed pipes have large air induction holes that a small blow gun can fit its nozzle into to blow out the gas feed pipes without
having to disassemble them.
that is a big time & work saver.
I took my gas feed lines to the ceramic burners all apart, only to get out a spider web that i could have blown out with compressed air and saved myself 2 hours work.

anything inside the gas feed pipes to the ceramic burners will result in dark spots or the panels not staying lite, irratic burning
or no burning at all.
the gas needs to be able to get through unimpeded at proper flow and proper pressure for proper burning.
a spider web will mess up proper gas flow. some gas, but not enough gas will get through and ceramic wont burn well and might not hold a flame.


clean out the foriegn material from the ceramic gas feed lines.


Rare posibility,if the gas behind the ceramic element escapes around the edges of the ceramic, through a bad seal of the gasket,
this also will stop the ceramic from burning well.


mr heater is not made for easy diaassembly so try not to do more work than you have to.


use compressed air rather than taking mr heater all apart to clean out a gas feed pipe.

Mar 26, 2011 | Mr. Heater Big Buddy Heater

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Which portable electric heater is better? Ceramic or Radiant?


This is probably a subjective answer-- but I will give you my opinion-- OK?-- and the reasons for why I say so--

First off: You get: 3,413 btu in a KW HR from electricity-- either way!

So-- Do you prefer to feel the radiant heat from radiant heat-- or from the ceramic heater?

Do you like the looks of the ceramic, versus the radiant?-- do you prefer the portability and the safety features of one over the other?

And what about cost?-- is there a big difference?

I would let features and safety help me in the decision making process--
But either way--
you only get 3,413 btu's of heat from every Kilowatt of electricity you buy--


And if you are trying to heat a house with that-- it can get mighty expensive! :-)

Mack B

Jan 16, 2011 | Fujitronic FH-206 Portable Electric Heater

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Jandy Lite 2 LJ Water Leaking


I have the same problem, removed the heat exchanger and found a small rubber gastket that was ripped. The gaskets can be found at parts store. Set of 18 about $20.00.can.

May 27, 2010 | Jandy Lite2 LJ125 Ceramic Gas Heater

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I'm thinking about buying a Patton PCH 199 Twin Ceramic Heater. Do you recommend this product?


Twin ceramic heaters are intense, but, not intended for indoor use without adequate ventilation.They radiate heat and patton is a reputable brand in heating devices.

May 16, 2009 | Patton Electric Heating & Cooling

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Honeywell hz-341-bl ceramic heater


take a heat gun or a blow dryer and preheat thermostat and any conductive leads.
after a few pre-heats it will get the idea!

Nov 15, 2007 | Honeywell (HZ-341BL) Ceramic Heater

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