My mom lives in a house that was built in the '60s. It has a bathroom
wall heater that is 7"X14". The coil barely glows anymore, and I'm
going to try to repair or replace it.
It has SEARS inscribed on the bottom. I have no idea if I can even
find the type of coil that I need any more. I've looked across the
web, and I can't find any that are the same deminsions or even a
little larger. If I go smaller, then I have the issue of a hole in
the sheet rock to deal with.
Broan has one that looks close.
I really don't seem to have many options... Or do I?
My house, also a 60s sort of place, has similar heaters in three bathrooms
and the laundry room -- two small and two large. The first thing I'd check
would be the tightness of the internal connections (power off!) and the
contacts on the thermostat. Because of the heat/cool cycle the connections
on heating elements are prone to eventual oxidation and loosening which
reduces the power output. But, from personal experience, I wouldn't worry if
there is not a bright orange glow as you might expect from your toaster.
These units don't seem to be designed to run at high temperatures (they are
made to go inside flammable walls after all). You might want to look at the
heater in the dark. If you see a dull cherry red glow it might well be doing
just what it was intended to do.
Sears can be an amazing resource sometime, get as much information as you
can, (model, serial #'s etc.) and if you haven't checked the Sears repair
website yet do that.
I would so exactly what the previous poster recommends, and if that doesn't
work, go back to Sears. Check kitchen and bath supply houses.
I called Sears yesterday, and they mentioned that they may be able to
get parts if I can come up with a model number. I was surprised, and
unprepared. I'll have to go over there and see what I can do.
Thanks a bunch...
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