Anyone figured out how to keep the space heater fan motors working? In my
experience, they get annoyingly noisey and sometimes even die long before
the heating element burns out. I've tried oiling them every year but it
doesn't seem to matter - I suspect the bearings are sealed. Besides, some
require major disassembly of the heater housing to get at. My nice Holmes
heater started getting noisey a week or so. I'll get tired of listening to
it and replace it soon.
Most of the ones I have used keep working for a long time. Most of the ones
I have used start out real slow. I oil practically all fans with a
My garage fan, 4800 watts, starts out extra slow, especially when colder.
The overheat switch starts to cycle until the fan comes up to speed. Could
take a few minutes.
I also have 1800 watt radiant years for the garage. I bought them real
cheap, end of season, the home depot.
I have the most faith in oil filled heaters. No fan, no radiant fire.
The last few years I've used one in my bedroom. But this year for some
reason it doesn't seem to be doing the job, even on High. Previously I only
needed Medium level. As far as I can recall, outside temps about the same -
upper 60s, lower 70s. (SW AZ) No furnace inside - just heaters. Maybe it's
more or less humid this year. Or do the oil-filled lose heating power after
several years? Had to switch to a fan heater and even it's taking a long
time to heat the room. Or maybe my body's thermostat has changed.<g>
You should be able to monitor it. Is it cycling. Those thermostats are
problematic, especially on high. The contacts wear, settings change or
fail. Best not to use thermostat and just use low med or high, thermostat
on full. The fins on high get up to around 250 degrees.
Completely satisfied with the product AND its repairability bought more
than 4 Markels. Don't like the fan, but like the 'glowing' warmth. Room
can be 'ice cold' but you still feel warm.
Also have 3 'french' brand oil radiators - best for quiet. However one
sprung a leak, what a mess!
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