January 26, 2013
Sunbeam Flat panel heaters provide a heat source without central heating and an additional boost to poorly insulated areas. These heaters can be left standing on the floor or mounted on the wall.
When you perform a panel heater repair, you are also able to determine whether the problem can be fixed at home or if you should call the services of a technician. Most problems are attributed to heater controls or electrical supply. So, how do you repair your panel heater?
- The first step in the panel heater repair is making sure that your panel heater is plugged into an electrical outlet if you do not feel any heat from the unit. Remember that it should not use a power bar or an extension cord as the voltage required to heat the elements could be too high for them. Also, make sure that the plug is inserted completely and that the outlet is turned on.
- Remove any form of clothing that covers the panel heater or any object underneath that blocks the inlet. Sunbeam flat panel heaters are designed to provide heat and not to warm fabrics or dry clothes. A blockage on top or bottom grilles will cause the unit to overheat thereby causing it to malfunction.
- After a period of inactivity, you may have forgotten to switch on the heater properly. Since the heater does not start automatically once plugged in, turn the switch on. Once plugged in and switched on, check if the panel heater warms up toward your target temperature set by the thermostat dial.
- If the level of heating is not enough to heat the entire room, adjust the thermostat dial to a higher setting. Sunbeam heaters typically warm the air to the level specified by the thermostat before it cools down and maintain the temperature by giving off occasional heating periods. The highest level of heating is represented by the number 12 mark.
- To perform panel heater repair, remove the plastic pins from the thermostat dial using needle-nosed pliers. This will allow you to access the entire scope of the thermostat. The pins are used to limit the thermostat to a small range of setting or to a particular setting. Once the pins have been removed, you can access the entire heating settings, from 1 to 12.
- Lastly, if the safety auto shut-down has been activated by high temperatures in the unit, you should unplug the heater and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Also, make sure that your furniture is not close to the grille. They should be at least 30 inches away from your front of your heater and at least 4 inches from the sides. Then, plug the heater back after waiting and try to use it as usual.
If your heater does not start working after this remedy, call the services of an electrician. Storage Heater Repairs offer quality panel heater repair services to cut off the high costs of buying new one.