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Our house has baseboard heaters that are 32 years old. In the last year we started getting alot less heat. Do these wear out after time or could it be a wiring problem. An electrician said it was hooked up correctly. Are new heaters more efficient than 30 years ago? These are standard 220 heaters, i.e. no oil, liquid, fan, etc.

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first of all, have the thermostacts been checked,if not they will need to be checked,mainly dust can get into them.
if they have heating elements,ckeck to see if they are all in tact and have no dust on them.if this does not work then you will need new heating elements,which you might not get any more,if this is the case then im sorry to say that new heaters will be needed. i hope this helps and good luck.

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