A portable heater is a small appliance that will come in handy if you are working on construction jobsites that don't have access to central heating. If you have used the same heater for several months and don't turn it off very often during the day, it can be extremely frustrating to discover that the unit has suddenly stopped working. Troubleshoot the issue with some basic observations and techniques.
Check The Vents And Fan Blades
Portable heaters tend to collect dust, between vents and the fan's blades. Turn the power dial to the off position and unplug the heater. Look at the front and back casing to determine if dust accumulation is present. A wire hanger's handle or a thin, flat piece of metal can be used to loosen dust. You may need to pull the clumps out by your fingertips if the dust won't release easily. Put on a pair of tight fitting gloves, since the cleaning process may be a little bit messy.
Use a flashlight to help you peer into the heating unit. Notice that there is a fan assembly and heating coil. These parts work hand-in-hand to produce heat and expel it through the vent system. If dust has become wedged between the fan's blades, the fan won't be able to spin freely. You need to be careful when trying to remove the dust.
Any disruption to the electrical components could cause further damage to the appliance. If a hanger or a thin piece of metal are not working well to loosen the dust layer, you may need to remove the appliance's casing to gain access to the interior chamber. Use a screwdriver to loosen hardware that is holding the outer shell together. Use a soft brush or vacuum hose to eliminate the dusty residue. An appliance repair shop can help you with these tasks if necessary.
Assess The Thermostat And Consider A Repair Shop
If you own a fairly modern heater that possesses a thermostat feature, maybe the temperature setting wasn't high enough and the appliance shut off because the building's interior temperature matched what was programmed. Readjust the thermostat and ensure that the heater is laying on a flat surface. After testing the equipment, you will either be successful and be greeted with a warm blast of air or you will be dealing with a non-operating appliance. If the latter is the case, you need to get the appliance repaired.
For more information on appliance repair, contact a local shop such as J & M Appliance.
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