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Hi! My name is Nicole. I own a Lakewood model#5500. It has been working fine up till now. The problem is that when you turn the 600w, 900w, or both switches on, no heat is produced through the coils. There seem to be oil in the heater. The switch lights do come on. I am wondering what could be wrong with it and I hope you can tell me what the issue could be. I am hoping that I do not need to purchase another one.

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If the switch lights do come on when the switches are activated then the only parts that might be failed are the resistors that heat the oil or the thermostat. You will have to remove the cover on the panel (held in there with clips that you must pry open) and, using a basic multimeter set on resistance, check the continuity of the resistors. If they are ok then the thermostat has failed and it's no longer passing the current. You can bypass it but you must make sure the radiator doesn't overheats - from now on you will have to use it only supervised. Or you could visit several repair shops and find out if they have replacement ones - it will cost you around $60 to replace it.

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