Troubleshooting Oil Heaters

One of the safest and efficient heating units of today is the self-contained oil heaters. They offer an economical way of efficiently heating a room or a certain area. However, like other types of heaters, there would come a time that you might encounter a problem with the unit itself or with its components. Problems on oil-filled heaters can be brought about by a number of factors. With that said, it is critical that you know how to troubleshoot the unit when this happens.  Some of these issues can be unique and distinct from problems with other types of heaters like the old cast iron radiators, for example.

Before you call a repairman to fix the problem for you, you should first try to solve the problem on your own. Most of the time, heater problems can be resolved with simple troubleshooting. But if you are not confident that you can accomplish the task or if the problem is quite complex, allow a professional to handle it.

On that note, here some simple troubleshooting tips that you should do when your oil-filled heater suddenly stop functioning properly.

Inspect the unit’s heating element and fan

These are the two critical components of an oil-filled heater. If the unit produces heat but there is no circulation, there is something wrong with the heater’s fan. However, if the fan is functioning properly but no heat is produced, then the heating element of the unit is either in a bad state or possibly damaged. Be sure to carefully inspect the unit to know what really is causing the problem.

Check if the unit is plugged properly on the wall socket

If there is no heat and circulation, try to check the unit’s power line if it is plugged properly. Also, find out if the wall socket where you plugged the unit is working. You can do that by plugging another electric home appliance. You can also use a tester to know if the wall socket is the problem. Doing so will help to reveal whether the problem is the unit or the wall socket.

Figure out if replacements would be needed

Most often than not, when the component of oil heaters stops functioning properly, they typically need to be replaced. However, you have to be certain that the malfunctioning component is beyond repair before you decide to replace it. You also have to determine whether replacing the damaged component would be a practical move or it is more economical to buy a new one.  You may wish to consider buying a halogen heater, as well.  In some cases, there are reasons to consider a portable propane heater.  Both of these types of heaters have their own advantages and uses.  Sometimes, purchasing a new oil heater model might end up being the most cost effective solution so don’t forget to look at the numbers!

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