Question about Lakewood (5500) Oil Filled Radiator Heater
It was tipped over. The lights come on, but it does not heat up at all. Is there a reset button, or is it done for?
Follow up to my post of 13 January. Out of desperation, I took the heater apart and determined that an electrical fuse-like thermal overload device had opened on the neutral side of the feed to the heating element thus rendering the unit non-working. This device is wrapped in a sheath around the underside of the heating element's electrical connections where the element enters the radiator's core. If the element exceeds the rated temperature it apparently "blows" or electrically opens much like a fuse. The lights still come on but no electricity is getting to the element. When I removed this from the circuit, the the unit began making heat. Apparently, when the heater is on full (both switches on for the full 1,500 watts) the core temperature gets too high. So, I now use my heater on only the 900 watt setting and it's putting out plenty of heat. Today's high is 2F and the room is comfortable. I've no doubt the manufacturer would not condone this modification and I have no intention of turning my modified heater back on "HIGH." Therefore I do not recommend doing this yourself unless you are competent in electrical and soldering work and are sure you won't overheat the unit. Having said that Lakewood clearly has either a design flaw or a bad batch of heater elements or overload protectors out there. When I have time, I'm planning to send my defective protector back to them with a letter. But given that they never responded to my e-mail to their customer service don't expect much in the way of a reply. As they say on TV, don't try this at home.
Posted on Jan 31, 2008
Pookawirra is correct in why the Lakewood 5000 heater may not heat, yet all lights are on. I don't recommend bypassing the thermal fuse, however, due to it's a safety issue.
Be sure to get a thermal fuse that is of the same temperature rating ( Lakewood 5000 heaters uses 167 C fuse)
I found onw at the following link:
Posted on Apr 14, 2009
If the lights come on, but there is no heat, the unit has tipped over and the safety shut off is stuck. There is a plastic hinge with a weight on it located on the bottom of the thermostat. After falling it will open the circuit. Open the unit up and free the plastic hinge
1. Remove plastic feet
2. Remove screw on bottom of unit.
3. Slide the front panel down until off
4. Remove both screws on the thermostat cover. (top of panel)
5. Look for the weighted hinge under thermostat
The 5500 unit that I brought home from work because it was shorting the circuit breakers, had the plastic hinge broke off and the weight was shorting out the out the 600w wire.
Posted on May 05, 2010
I have 2 of the lakewood 5500 heaters that I bought at a garage sale the one worked and the other one didn't. The problem that I found was that the fuse blown out. I replaced the fuse and it now works like a champ , also suggest that you get a couple of extra fuses to keep on hand for the next time you have a problem.
Posted on Jun 29, 2008
A couple things.... first check the tilt breaker, stand it up right and bump it a couple times! when laying on their side the weighted disconnect will break power to the unit, designed to shut down the unit to prevent a fire! Or 2, There is a heat fuse ( thermal disconnect) inside the panel that need replacedIf you have never messed with electrical appliances, take it to some one that knows about these things...The part is like $1.50 but the labor will likely increase the cost by $50.00
Posted on Jan 28, 2013
Pookawirra's observations match mine exactly. I also removed the failed thermal fuse device, shorting across where it had been.
I know it is risky to run it on high without that protection.
I chose to use it with a small electric fan pointed at the fins, and with it on the 600 or 900 watt setting, but not both. My thinking is that this will keep the core temperature lower than it was when it failed. It has worked okay since. I also make a point not to have it on when I am not nearby.
We have a second identical which has not failed, but since the first one did fail, we have used a small fan next to it also. That may have kept its thermal fuse device from blowing.
If you choose to replace the thermal fuse, here is a source:
The 167 Celsius device is Item#: TH-TF167C
Good luck with yours.
Posted on May 10, 2010
Don't bother with the Lakewood heaters as they are filing a Chapter 7 and no longer in business. Check out the phone # 888-858-3506
Posted on Mar 05, 2010
Mine did the same thing... i think there's an automatic shut off for tipping... I got mine restated by stetting it upright and shaking it gently a little bit (i suppose the tipping sensor was stuck in place)
Posted on Jan 30, 2008
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