I have oil column heater on to warm a bedroom on level 3 in the evening but have conflicting reports of it taking more power to heat up again every night... am I better to turn off oil column heater during day time or is it more efficient to leave it on level 1 during that time and turn it up during the evening if necessary?
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Re: Efficency with Oil Column heating
Because it operates on room air temperature, if this is the only means of heat to this room, leaving it on would be more economical thus keeping the rise in air temp time less=less time it works hard to match what you desire. but if not only source of heat no. time to heat room would be almost the same thus you would save what you used during the day due to fluctuations in room temps between time your furnace would kick on and off.
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do not want the three dollars would rather do this for free, it would depend on if it has a thermostat or not if it does yes it would if its a simple on/off switch and not one that controls a temperature no it shouldn't go on and off heaters generally do turn off and on if controlling a set temp like central heat also oil column heaters turn on and off to warm oil to a set thermostat temperature, so if its not controlling a temperature you set its faulty
they are a sealed heater you can't add oil to get more heat, if you can must be a new type i haven't seen, but if not hot enough throw away and buy a heater that works they work on the principal that an element heats the oil and runds on an internal thermostat to control temperature of oil, your element may be starting to deteriate the same as hot water you only notice with hot water as it starts to not heat the water as much and you feel this in a shower or bath but you won't notice the same in oil heater it won't heat as it has and it may also be the thermostat, inside heater i wouldn't even bother trying to repair waste of time and money i would buy a proper working heater prefrably one that could be fixed to go better after its starts to deteriate a lttle
was the heater still warm when you turned back on the oil is heated by a thermostat control if oil hot heat will not turn back on till cools down these can take a while to cool down as all done by naural ventilation, if this is not the case i would get a service agent tolook at for you
1st, check the electrical cord plug; because of the hielectric demand, thesaes plugs overheat and form a burn coating on the prongs that stops the hilevel of electric but allows a small level ofalaectric that still lights the lights but no power for heat.
2nd, the thermostat is not making contact: it is a bi-metal contactor that sometimes burns or loses its strength and no matter where you turn it it wont work. You can simply cross the terminals of the thermostat to see if you get electric flowing (you have to open the oen housing to do this.
3rd, the element could be burned-out or (as often happens) the connection to the heat element burns-off. Again, you need to open the end housing and look, or take it to a small appliance repair place.
You need to give this heater a good clean with a mild detergent and cloth with it unplugged let it dry for a few hours then try it again. The oil is sealed inside inturn you can't smell this unless it's leaking.