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Lakewook oil filled radiator heater

We have a lakewood oil filled radiator heater and it just quit working for no reason. Is there a reset switch on it? If not what could the problem possibly be? This is the second one I have bought that just quit working for no reason.Please help
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Billie in PA

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  • atgrissom21 Feb 07, 2008

    It shows there is power but I get no heat. What could this mean? and can it be fixed?

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Here is your problem and yes it can be fixed.

More than likely your thermal cutoff tripped because your heater got too hot.

Solution:
1. Unplug unit.
2. remove front support feet and screw underneath face plate will slide off.
3. You will see the heating element, a white wire is coming out of it. There is a white sleeve on the wire tucked up into the element. Pull the wire out and slide sleeve off to expose the thermal switch labeled (S.W.C. sw-120t ect.) You can google it to learn more about the cutoff. If you know how you can test the cutoff with a ammeter or voltmeter, If you don't google how to test electrical systems. Remember "first do no harm"
4.
a. If you can replace the cutoff do so (this is the recommended way)
b. If you don't want to replace it cut the cutoff out and solder the wires back together. (be warned that this will bypass the safety system) If you do this be careful to not leave your radiator unattended.
5. After soldering the wire, taping it will electrical tape. Replace face plate from step 1 and 2 and your heater will work.
P.s. If your heater is still under warranty just contact lakewood.

Posted on Feb 20, 2008

  • mhowell
    mhowell Jan 04, 2014

    My husband and I ran across this same situation with 2 of our heaters. We followed the steps that Engrstdnt had posted except we didn't have access to a soldering tool. So, here is what we did. We didn't remove the sleeve we striped a section to the bare wire on each side of the sleeve then twisted them together. We also applied black electrical tape to this. Understand this could be a FIRE HAZARD so please if you do this use caution and DO NOT leave your heater unattended for any reason. Hope this helps someone else!

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Could this part be related to a microwave thermal fuse like these?

http://www.electronix.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/435_238_256/products_id/5400

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