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Heating element How can I tell if a heating element is bad.

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  • hammerman45 Mar 01, 2008

    I have the same problem, this is my third unit and after a couple of months, it just stops blowing out heat and blows out cold air for no reason. Any suggestion??


  • charlesmp3 Jan 21, 2009

    I have the VH2 Vornado Heater and it worked well for all of 6 months, then suddenly stopped heating the air while the fan worked just fine. It ended up making the rooms colder by circulating the cold air. Any suggestions on how to check and fix the element. I'm not an electrician but I can sure try to troubleshoot if someone can give me some steps to follow once I crack this puppy open. Thanks.



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It depends on what kind of heating element you are referring to. If you have a test meter it is very easy. With the meter set to resistance put a test probe at each end of the element. The reading should be very low, almost short-circuit. If you're not technically minded, your probably completely lost by now...sorry.

The only other thing you can do is take a close look at it. If it is badly discoloured or has blackened, it has probably had it.

Without knowing more about the appliance and a few more details it is difficult to give any further advice.

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    There are two possible problems

    1)As you have no heat or fan, check the thermostat contacts to make sure they are not corroded or dirty. If they are, the connection that allows the element to draw current may be broken. The thermostat is designed to cut the power to the element when the heat reaches a threshold temperature and it will also stop the fan until everything cools down. If it is not working the heat and fan will not operate correctly. If the contacts are poor, you may be able to clean them or replace the thermostat.

    2) The fan itself could be seized or faulty. The element needs the fan to stop it from burning out. If the element gets hot and the fan does not operate it will quickly overheat and burn out. So check the fan. Make sure it turns easily, check the connections.



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