Troubleshooting an Electric Wall Heater

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In areas where cold weather is experienced, the installation of an electric wall heater is a good option to consider. Electric wall heaters are practical to use in areas that have limited space. This heating gadget could easily fit into the wall. It contains a fan that circulates warm air coming from an electric heating element.

There is a thermostat that regulates the heating process occurring from the fan and series of heating elements located at the interior of the heater. Small in size, electric wall heaters are best installed in areas like the bathroom and small laundry rooms that can be heated up quickly. Constant usage may eventually necessitate repairs, and learning to troubleshoot the unit could help you identify and correct problems as soon as they occur.

Common Electric Wall Heater Problems

A standard electric wall heater only has a few parts but these parts could cause the malfunction of the unit. The usual problems experienced by an electric wall heater come from malfunctioning of the on/off switch, thermostat switch, and the heating elements in the interior of the unit. One thing that could go wrong with the functioning of the heater is it could just stop heating up.

The heating elements could get burned during use and cease to heat up. The thermostat, which is the heat regulator, could also fail to work properly. There are times when the circuit breaker trips off because of the sudden surge of wattage, which will also prevent the flow of electricity.

Troubleshooting an Electric Wall Heater

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Although the basic heating operation is very simple, there are different reasons that an electric heater may malfunction. If the problem involves the heater not turning on, start by making sure the power is turned on. Next to inspect is the circuit to ensure that electricity is being delivered. If it is and the electric heater is still not heating up, check and test the electric cord, the thermostat, and the heating element.

If the electric heater is turned on but the heating capacity is not enough, check to make sure the heating elements are glowing. In a fan-equipped heater check that the fan is blowing. Dirt accumulation can also affect the function of the heater.

Remove dust, dirt, and other debris by the fan and heating element areas to clean up the heater. The debris accumulated in the heater could create sparks and could cause the unit to overheat. If it is found that the heating element wires are burned or the thermostat is destroyed, replace the parts.

Study the manufacturer’s brochure of the unit prior to troubleshooting. Doing so will guide you in determining what kind of repair you should do if your encounter problems with your electric wall heater.