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Lasko 5132 Ceramic Compact Heater Questions & Answers
Heater keeps shutting off !!
I have model 5532, but I think they all have the same problem. There seems to be a safety device in the ceramic heater that turns off if it gets too hot. It "remembers" when this happens as well and will shut off until it is unplugged for 10-15 minutes.
This happens on even lightly used heaters if used in dusty conditions. Dust builds up behind the ceramic heater and the lack of flow causes it to overheat. The unit must be dismantled and the dust brushed/vacuumed out. The good news is that not only will the heater work again, but it will have better airflow too!
To do this, tech support and other people say to "clean the rear grill", but my rear was not dirty. The front grill had some dust that I vacuumed clean, but did not help. In my unit there are no filters before the air goes through the heater element. The problem is in the center of the heater. Taking out the internal fan (four screws on the sides of the squirrel fan box), I could see that the radiator was over half covered in dust. I cleaned that dust out using a shop vac and the problem went away.
Opening the heater was a little tricky, two of the screws were triangle head screws. Once inside, however, it is a simple proceedure to remove the fan. Of course, you should unplug the heater and wait a while before opening it up to make sure there are no electrical charges stored in the unit.
The air intake vents in the rear were clogged with dust. They needed to be brushed and vaccumed.
I recently hear there is
According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07227.html
there was a recall of your model heater in 2007. Does this effect yours? Depends on whether or not yours was manufactured prior to this date. Even if it was, recalls and reimbursement for what you may have paid for the heater has time limits for you to make a claim.
Click on the above link for more information.
My heater keeps shutting off regardless of hte
This is most commonly a failure of the electronics rather than a sensor. The capacitors on these heaters overheat and swell up and throw the machine into protection mode. The way around this is to unplug the machine for a few hours, then pull the cover off, check that all the air filters are clean and the machine can get fresh air. Then check that none of the electronical components are soldered in securely and no loose wires. Check for any burn marks on the main circuit board which would indicate a bad electronical component such as a faulty capacitor.
Heater has no power is there a breker switch
if it does not power up, then it means its having a power problem. it might have worked fine in the past, but that's electronics for you. Power surge, irregular power supply, excess power supply, etc can affect the unit thereby not making it to power on.
This unit must have a power supply board in it where power enters from the mains. A capacitor, fuse, diode, etc may have been defective on the power board and maybe that's why its not making the unit turn on. There might also be some disconnection or something, inside the unit which is not making it to power on.
To actually find out what's wrong, you need to disassemble the unit with a screw driver and check what's wrong. You will be needing a meter in order to test the components on the power board, once you detect any bad component, you can make necessary replacement at any electronics accessories store withing our vicinity. This is the only way by which you can detect the problem.
Of course, testing the power board with a meter will require someone that has the ability. So it you can't, then you might be needing the help of a repairman or you can call a friend that has the ability to help you out.
I wish you the best of luck.
I got a 5135 last
It si very likely that the control board has been damaged by the power surge. There may well be a fuse on that board which can be replaced but the electronics could be damaged. Ask a competent electrical expert to check the control board and fuses
You can email Lasko here
to see if they can help. There is a power cutout in the heater to prevent damage but it should reset after unplugging for 10 mins. Check all fuses
By the way it is never a good idea to put your contact details online so that they are publicly viewable.
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How to clean the intake
I clean mine like this, unplug the fan and head outside, I use compressed air and a blow gun. I blow the air thru the intake and then backwards thru the front heating elements and repeat until you have clean air in both directions. I average about five times both directions and I am good for the year. I have made a practice of cleaning it out in the fall of each year.
Mine lasko 5132 is shutt off 5 or 10 mts after
Hi, I fixed mine. Spread the word far to everyone that has one. Borrowed an air blower (the kind used to blow away leaves etc), and just blew it inside the cracks and back end of the heater, got all the dust out. Previous reports that the sensor was probably being blocked with dust is correct. Thing has been running more powerfully and doesn't shut off like it did previously. So, just take something with high air pressure, and get all the junk out. No need to even disassemble.
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