I have had the unit for over a year, and it is now dead. Looks like others have had the same problem with other brands, something about a power switch failure. These are relatively cheap units but I would like to fix it for less than the cost of a replacment if I can. An e-mail to the company has not produced any results to date. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated...
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIX YOUR HEATER ...THAT IS STUPID AND WILL MORE THAN LIKELY CAUSE A FIRE. SO DONT. Just call the 1-800 number on the back of the unit. The customer rep will tell you what to do from there.
I had the unit on today about 15 minutes . The unit almost burned my house down . I have not called or emailed the company yet . It scared my wife and son , luckly I had the guts to unplug the unit and get out the front door .Thank God for the fire extinguisher !!!!! DO NOT TRY TO FIX YOUR UNIT . PLEEEAAASSEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On lakewood radiator that was dead I found problem caused by what I believe is fuse opening. Part is located in white wire which goes from thermostat to common terminal on radiator terminal block. The part is in series with this wire and is covered by a white movable sleeve and is dressed/located under the terminal block.
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Re: Dead Oil Filled Radiator
If this is a generic problem then it is most likley the THERMOSTAT. This is the switch on the end of the radiator that regulates the temperature.
It is possible to bypass the thermostat so that the radiator is permanantly on.
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<p>A very common and increasing popular
source of <b>supplemental heat</b> in the last few years has been the
<b>oil filled electric radiator. </b>
heaters</b> are filled with an oil that circulates through the fins
of the heater and is heated by <b>electric heating elements</b>. The
result is a steady even type of heat that has a lower surface
temperature then many <b>space heaters</b>, making them a great way
to get <b>supplement heating</b> into a room when you have pets,
small children or combustibles near by.<br />
<p>One of the big
questions that comes up with these <b>oil filled heaters</b> is what
to do if they start to leak. The answer is that if the<b> oil heater</b>
starts to leak then it is no good anymore and needs to be disposed
of. These<b> heaters are filled with oil</b> at the factory and then
are sealed tightly. Because of this there is no need to ever <b>refill
the heater with oil</b> again. The heaters are sealed with the proper
oil inside for the <b>best heating efficiency. </b>
<p>So what this means
is that if you have one of these <b>oil filled radiator heaters, </b>you
will never have any <b>maintenance</b> or worries about <b>adding oil
to the heater</b>. But if there ever is a leak then the heater is
also no good and will need to be throw out and replaced. Very few of
these <b>oil filled heat units</b> ever leak, but as is always the
case there are always some that do.<br />
<p>A word of caution
about heating efficiency. Always remember that when <b>heating with
electricity</b>, the <b>laws of physics</b> always apply. <b>For
every 1 KW of electric you will only ever get 3415 BTU's of heat.</b><br />
<p>There is no way to
get any more or any less than that, so if anyone tries to tell you
that their electric heater is more efficient then the next one they
are not telling the truth.<br />
Depending on its age, you can return it to the place of purchase. Because the cost of repair will almost certainly exceed the cost of replacement, it is not a practical option. If you have a friend who is comfortable with electrical systems, you could try that. There are a few brands of oil filled heater that have recalls. The consumer safety bureau or the manufacturer may have information about a recall on your product. This is a good time of year to purchase a new one as many stores are just starting sales on heating appliances.
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