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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-24-06 11:55 PM
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Why would a space heater just stop working?
I can't get it to come on now, and it's COLD in here.
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gizmo1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:00 AM
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1. Many reasons did it have a fan?
Or there may be a fuse in the unit.Did you throw a breaker in your house? Unplug the heater let it sit for a couple of minutes and then try again sometimes they have a reset and that will do it.
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:05 AM
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3. It does have a fan
The breaker in my house didn't go, just the heater. I'll try unplugging it.
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gizmo1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 09:28 AM
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23. Did unplugging it help?
My space heaters fan motor started to go to heck and that overheated the unit and made it shut off.I ended up getting a new one.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:00 AM
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2. My dear yvr girl......
What kind is it? Like I have any idea! Sorry you're cold.....

Are you OK otherwise?

Bundle up, and snuggle under an electric blanket?



:hug:
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:06 AM
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6. Electric blanket?
I don't have one. I do have a down comforter though.

So far so good...
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:05 AM
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4. Thermostat, most likely
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:07 AM
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7. Anyway to fix that?
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:12 AM
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The thermostat should reset, if the heater simply got too hot...
If it does not it may need repair. The fan blower or thermostat may have malfunctioned, either of which would render the heater unsafe for use.
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pokerfan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:18 AM
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14. As BikeWriter said, try letting it sit unplugged
It is one of the few "movable" parts on a space heater and sometimes they just wear out. When you do plug it back in, try adjusting the thermostat while listening for the "clicking" sound as you pass the current temp.

Possbile that it was a short in the heating coil but in that case it prolly would have blown its own fuse or tripped your house breaker. The other possiblity is the opposite of a short and that's an open. In that case, there really is nothing you can do short of getting it serviced.

Hope you are staying warm.



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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:06 AM
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5. Sweety, it is probably electric, right?
If so, the breaker may have kicked off. Please be very careful if you have warm cords or other evidence of an overloaded circuit.
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Extend a Hand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:08 AM
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8.  my heater has a reset button
if you accidentally tip it over it goes off and then you have to hit the reset button to get it to come back on.
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:09 AM
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9. Mine goes off if you tip it over
but you just need to right it, and it starts again. There is a reset button by the plug, but it doesn't seem to work. I think maybe I had it on too long.
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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 01:24 AM
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19. Tip it over, then tip it back.
Sometimes they think they are tipsy and need reminding. sort of like turning the computer off and back on when it acts up.
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:12 AM
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10. How old?
Sorry but some of these things are just pieces of crap, you could try cleaning it real good (UNPLUGGED) sometimes dust can get between electric contacters and shut things down. Also did it tip over? Some have anti-tip safty switches. My favorites are the ones with oil in them that look like old fashioned radiators - but NEVER run them on high - I had one melt its cord and don't trust them using that much juice.
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yvr girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:14 AM
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12. JUST over a year
grrr...
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Kali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:35 AM
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18. Maybe try giveing it a good vacuuming or blow the dust out
those fans tend to draw a lot of lint and dust into the heaters. If you are at all mechanical you can take the screen off and take apart anything else you can get to and use q-tips to try and clean good - while looking for burn spots or melted plastic bits.

Not sure what you have, but if it was under 100 bucks it is probably not reparable. Down is good though! Get that blanket on.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:14 AM
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11. Because you secretly crave veal.
:P
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:17 AM
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13. Be nice, Little Brother. She's cold!
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:19 AM
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15. Because it ran out of space.
Duh.

:rofl:
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:21 AM
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16. Uh huh, and I'm telling Skittles and she will kick your ass!
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 12:30 AM
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17. Let me tell you how scared I am of She Who Must Be Obeyed








































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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:05 AM
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20. What is the brand?
I had a Holmes space heater that I bought at Lowes. After 1 month, it stopped working.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:48 AM
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21. Blown fuse?
:shrug:
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Benfea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-25-06 02:49 AM
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22. I think the little electric gerbil inside just got tired.
Try singing to it.

Helpful, aren't I?
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