How to Repair Broken Storage Heater

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Has your electric storage heater stopped working? Is there no heat coming out? These two questions make you wonder whether you should repair your broken storage heater or simply buy a new one.

The most common causes of a broken storage heater are a faulty thermostat or a blown element. If you are a competent user who is confident enough to take off the front panel, you may check if there are really problems with the thermostat and see if it can be repaired. If problems are beyond that, you will need the services of a qualified electrician to repair your storage heater.

Thermostat and elements need to be replaced every two years or so. When the section of a heater turns cold, it means that an element has failed.

Spare parts that commonly cause a broken storage heater include (in order of occurrence):

  • Thermostat
  • Heating Elements
  • Terminal block which causes loose connection

Most of time, these would be the main problems that lead to a damaged storage heater. If your storage heater stops working, there are two most common possibilities – a faulty thermostat and a broken element, provided that it was not covered by clothing accidentally. If these are the problems, you do not have to worry! They can be easily replaced and are also relatively cheap.

How can you check and fix the thermostat of your broken storage heater? By performing a thermostat manual reset, it is possible to repair your storage heater.

  1. Turn off the power supply and remove it.
  2. If you are skilful, go inside and takeoff the front panel.
  3. At the top of your storage heater, look for three round polo-like items.
  4. The black cap nubbin with a red dot is the thermostat. Push it down to reset it. If you hear a click, it should function on the next charge period. If not, then the thermostat could be faulty and needs to be replaced.
  5. Put back the front panel and turn on the power. Wait until the next off-peak charge overnight to see if it takes the next charge. If not, call an engineer for a quote of his services or see if you should buy a new one.

When should you replace your storage heater? Storage heaters typically have a long life span although the thermostat or elements may fail in 6-8 years. Before you replace a broken storage heater, check if there are faults with the switch, circuit breakers or wiring.

Ask help from a competent user or an engineer. Then, the engineer could check the circuit to find faulty components or measure resistance to check for failed elements in order to eliminate other possible problems.

These are just tips that will give you an idea on how we repair storage heaters. It is not something we encourage our customers to do. To know more about our repair services click here.

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