January 27, 2013
Electric wall heaters are a simple machine. However, they can pose a fire threat if not maintained properly. They have their own thermostat so you can turn off the thermostat of rooms that do not need heating. They are good for zone heating control, and are durable as well. Despite their durability, electric wall heaters can also develop some problems that compel you to perform electric wall heaters repair.
In order to conduct electric wall heaters repair, you will need two things – a multi-metre and a screwdriver. Gather the aforementioned materials and then follow these steps:
- Check the thermostat of your electric wall heater and make sure that it is turned to a higher mark if the heater is not working properly. Also, check the circuit breakers if the heater does not function after turning the thermostat on.
- Then, turn off the circuit breaker and remove the cover of your wall heater. Using the screwdriver, remove the screws of the cover and pull off the cover. Inspect the wires and connection of your unit and check the heating elements for breaks.
- Remove the wire that leads to the heating element. Using an ohm meter, check the two terminals of the heat element. There should be a reading; if not, it means the element is bad and needs replacement.
- Using a screwdriver, unscrew the terminal ends at the bottom of the heating element. Remove the screws and lay them in a straight line on the floor. Stretch the new element to the same length of the original element. Remember, they should be of the same wattage.
- Wrap the new element around the centre of the grooves and reconnect the terminals. Replace the grille and turn on the circuit breaker to test the heater.
- To continue performing electric wall heaters repair, replace the wire on the thermostat if it displays a good reading. Then, turn on the circuit breaker and check for voltage with the metre set on volts.
- Touch the leads of the metre across the wire terminals. The reading should be 120 or 240 volts depending on the size of the heater. If there is no voltage reading, call your electrician as this indicates a problem with the line wires.
- If you find voltage on the line wires, turn up the thermostat and check the heat element terminals with a voltmeter. At this point, a reading from the voltage indicates a problem with the thermostat.
- The last step in electric wall heaters repair is turning off of the breaker. Remove the screws and install the new thermostat. Replace the wires from the original and put on the grille. Lastly, turn on the breaker and test the new heater.
If this does not work, you will need the help of experienced electricians. Storage Heater Repairs offer affordable and quality repair services that allow you to recycle your unit instead of buying a new one.
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