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Lakewood 5500 Oil Filled Electric Radiator Heater

I have this heater for 1 year, used it only for 3 months last winter. I turned it on this year for the first time since but does not get hot when I have it on full with both buttons on and the knob turned to # 8. Also the wire gets very hot.  Is there a defect in this model???

Georgette Red Hook, NY

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  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2008

    Same issue with the Lakewood 5500 Oil Filled Radiator. I've had it for a little over a year, now it will not heat up. The lights come on, and when I turn the TEMP dial it clicks on and off, but the unit never heats up.

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2008

    I've had mine for a little over a year and it quit working. Lights are on, I have it cranked up and it's not heating up. I'm going to pull it apart an take a look at it tonight. I'll let you guys know if I find the problem. I'll post the solution if I figure it out.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2008

    I have the exactly the same problem with mine. worked fine for one winter and stop heating when I turned it on the next, though the lights is on...

  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2008

    Yep same thing here but it worked for about 1/2 of the second season then quit I think it is the element

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2008

    same here

  • Aoey Apr 28, 2008

    Have had ours for four months, same issue as others have had. (Lights on, but nobody home.) Junky product.

  • deakins88 Oct 27, 2008

    I have the same problem with mine, and I have multiple. The cord gets really hot, AND the two different outlets it has been plugged into are brown from burn marks. I really liked these heaters as an alternative, but am afraid they will all catch fire now. I am disappointed because I feel like I wasted about 300 dollars since I bought about 6 of them. Will you offer a free replacement or money back? I don't have the receipts anymore I don't believe because I bought them like a year and a half ago. Also, we have the same problem with either the lights/unit not coming on or the light being on but not heating up.

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    I have the same problem. We bought this unit a little under a year ago and today it melted the wall socket and the cord. Now I must replace the socket and check the wiring. Hopefully it didn't cause more damage behind the wall. The tag on the wire said contact an electrician if the wire gets too hot. Guess what!!! the wire gets hot no matter which socket we use in the house I use. I'm sure this is just a way for the manufacture to deflect blame if it burns my house down. What a shame... I "liked" that heater.

  • johnsonscott Nov 21, 2008

    i have the same problem i bought the unit late last winter and plugged it into several outlets it wont get hot

  • gfracerx Dec 17, 2008

    Same problem as everyone else.....
    Worked last year, not this year...

  • Karen Larsen Jan 22, 2009

    I have a Lakewood radiator heater but a much older one than these. We have had it for atleast 10 years with no problems. I noticed the other day that the plug was very hot and it worried me. I will check to make sure it is a snug fit and see if that makes a difference. I love this heater and it has lasted a long long time.

  • 1stclasslady Jan 31, 2009

    My heater worked great for a couple of years, in fact, it was working just a few weeks ago. I didn't have to use it for a few days and when I needed it again I turned both switches on, but after a couple of hours (which is usually how long it takes to warm up the room), I went to check and it was as cold as ice. I still hear the oil in the unit and I hear the clicking from the thermostat when I adjust, but no heat. My plug and wire are not getting hot, but I tried plugging it into new outlets just in case like the others were having problems with and still nothing. Are these heaters made to be able to take apart - I thought this was a sealed unit and that's one of the reasons I purchased it. Any ideas??? Thanks everyone !

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2009

    I have 2 heaters one worked for a month and the other a year. I cant get in touch with anyone in their customer service dept.

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2009

    ours quit working in feb.after only 3 months. the light comes on but it will not heat up.i emailed the company twice and they finally responded back today saying they are filing chapter 7 and are no longer in business.

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    Same problem. LIGHTS ON .. DOES NOT WORK



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For the price of replacement pair i could buy a new heater

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Same problem so i emailed the company and was able to buy a new control for about $20 + shipping. It was a easy fix but you would think that it would last longer than a year.

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This heater is *** cheeks son

Posted on Oct 28, 2008


Same problem. good for one winter. stop working the next though the light is on...

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Now that's a FIRE!

As for posts surrounding the wire getting HOT and setting off the light on the heater.... Here's what I read in trouble shooting. Check to ensure that the connection to the socket is not loose.....
Yesterday, my unit had burnt the wall socket and heater plug. I hadn't had the wire (overheating) problem prior to this. Then my wife and I realized that the WALL SOCKET was not a "Tight Fit" with the heater plug. So It lead me to believe it was Arching which caused the socket to melt. Other sockets in my house are fine, nice and snug. So I'm replacing the socket today, along with the cord and let you know what happens. I just had no idea that a less than snug socket would possibly burn down my house.

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