I had a $20 space heater fail after about 4.5 yrs of use. It looks the
nichrome filament burned through near a crimp fastener (below is a pic).
Is there any cheap easy method of repairing this, without it winding up
burning down the house?
Did the wire break, or did it just pull out of the crimp? It may have
just been poorly attached. If you can poke it back where it came from,
you can crimp it more tightly.
From the photo, it is not clear how it was crimped before. There may be
a metal sleeve that was placed over the joint and crimped. If the
filament broke, it may be best to replace the old sleeve and re-crimp.
As far as burning down the house, check to see that there are no other
points where the filament might be short circuited to itself. If part
of it shorted out, that would explain why it would burn through.
I'd invest in a ceramic heater. That said, it sure
looks like the wire wasn't crimped into the terminal
end. I'd slide the wire in, crush the terminal with
small vise grips, and increase my fire insurance
and put a new battery in the smoke detector.
Christopher A. Young
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I did exactly that type of crimp repair about 10 years ago on a space
heater that was already about 10 years old. Haven't had the slightest
problem with it since.
To those who commented on why someone would waste their time trying to
repair such an inexpensive item, I offer the following comments:
1. For some people, $25 (or is it now about $35?) to replace a broken
item is real money.
2. Some people enjoy fixing things, or at least trying to fix them. It
is a form of entertainment and is done in time that otherwise would be
used for other forms of entertainment that might cost much more.
3. Some of us are retired and have almost unlimited time with no
opportunity cost for puttering about, doing what we want after decades
of having to please parents, teachers, bosses, etc. etc.
Although I also agree that it's good to fix things rather than throw out...
I will save you the trouble.
I tried repairing a heating device similar to yours by cleaning the
connections very well and tightly crimping on an uninsulated butt
connector. It went bad again within a few weeks.
For $20 you got your money's worth by now....
It's even more stupid to spend more than about an hour of your time trying to fix something
that you can replace for twenty bucks.
And you've already used up ten or fifteen minutes of that hour, writing your post and reading
It looks as if it burnt off right at the connector. They make some crimp
lugs that are rated for the high temperatuers. Not sure where you can buy
them. You should be able to streach the wire the inch or so you need .
Years ago I tried that with some standard crimp connectors near the middle
of the wires. They only lasted for a short time as the connectors were not
rated for the high heat.
Here is one place that list them for $ 1.24 each. Not sure if you can get
just one mailed cheep or not.
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Thanks, it's probably not worth the trouble.
Lowes and HD have plenty of connectors, but none described as high
Amazon has high temperature connectors but price and s/h makes it not
I thought it might be a common problem w/ a common solution.
It is and there is. Need anything else from Amazon? That way the
shipping is reasonable or free. The right connector is the key to a
An alternative is to send it to the factory in China for their
technician to do the repair. Cost is 80 cents US plus shipping.
The nickel crimp connector is kind of pricey and would not be worth it
to purchase for a $20 heater...
but I have ordered stuff direct from China before.
Might have mentioned here before but:
I needed some spare CMOS batteries for the computer work I'm always
doing. Figured they be a few dollars each at the local drug store.
Wrong. They were $7 each
I ordered from China $3.58
oh yes and that price included postage.
but I am not done yet
The $3.58 was for 20 of them!!!!!!
18 cents each ...including postage
The drug store that sells them for $7 each buys them from China anyway,
just puts them in a plastic package that probably costs more than the
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