Electrical Heating Repairs

Electric heaters are easy to use and maintain, as well as troubleshoot and repair. This electric heater repair Fix-It Guide explains how an electric heater works, what frequently goes wrong, how to diagnose the problem, and what components and tools you’ll need to fix it. It then goes into how to remove radiant and convection heaters, as well as how to service a ceramic heating element, in straightforward step-by-step directions. For specific difficulties, this article refers to additional Fix-It Guides, such as motor repair and heating element repair.

What is the Function of an Electricity?

Room air-heating equipment include electric baseboard and wall heaters. A thermostat controls a baseboard heater, which contains one or more horizontal heating components. Baseboard heaters are installed at the bottom of a room’s wall. The electric elements heat the air that is pulled in via the bottom. The heated air rises into the room after that. To maximise heat retention, the electric elements are frequently designed like metal fins, and some are filled with fluid. Several units are frequently placed around the room’s perimeter.

A forced-air heater is an electric wall heater. The wall heater is built into the wall and circulates air that has been warmed by an electric heating element via a fan. A thermostat regulates the fan and row of heating components inside the unit. Wall heaters are commonly used to give supplemental or occasional heat in bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other locations.

A portable electric heater, often known as a “space” heater, is used to warm a small area. There are two kinds of them. A fan blows air heated by one or more heating components into the space in convective heaters. The elements of radiant heaters heat a liquid that radiates heat into the room instead of blowing it in.

A ceramic heater, which is a form of convection heater, has a bigger ceramic element that allows it to operate at lower temperatures, making it safer than other convective heaters that employ conventional elements.

Control switches, elements, and a motorised fan are also included in a standard electric heater. A thermostat is also commonly found on heaters. Portable heaters typically have a tip-over switch that turns off the heater if it is knocked over, as well as a thermal cutoff that turns off an overheated device. Some cutoffs may reset once the heater has cooled down, but others will need to be replaced.

What Can Go Wrong When It Comes to Electric Heaters?

Even though the conventional electric heater has few parts, the majority of the parts can cause the heater to stop working. The heating elements wear out over time. Thermostats don’t work. Switches and power cords break down. Heater fans stop working. Switches, thermostats, and heating components are the most prevalent sources of difficulties. Furthermore, higher-watt heaters have the potential to trip a circuit breaker or blow a fuse, cutting off power to the circuit.

How can I tell if my electric heater is broken?

Electric heaters, despite their simplicity of operation, can have a variety of issues that prevent them from heating.

If the heater does not turn on, ensure sure the unit is turned on (see the Electric Service Panel Fix-It Guide). Test the electrical cable, the thermostat, and the heating element if the circuit is supplying electricity.
Check the heating components to determine if they are glowing if the heater comes on but does not create enough heat.
If a heater with a fan comes on but the fan does not work, check the fan (see the Motor Fix-It Guide). Remove any dust or dirt from the area around the fan and the elements with a vacuum cleaner.
Make sure the heater is level on a hard surface so that the tip-over switch does not shut it off. Check for burned wires by removing the control housing. Any that appear to be damaged should be replaced. Check the thermostat and, if necessary, replace it.

What Do I Need to Repair an Electric Heather?

The majority of electric heater replacement parts must come from the manufacturer or an aftermarket provider. Hardware and electrical stores don’t stock many because there are so many brands and types. You can, however, disassemble the heater, remove the defective component, and take it to a qualified clerk for replacement assistance. The following are the tools you’ll require:

pliers that can be adjusted
Pliers with a long nose

What Are the Steps to Repairing an Electric Heater?

Disassemble a radiant electric heater by unplugging it and allowing it to cool completely before attempting to disassemble it.
Remove the screws holding the control housing in place at the edges and take it aside to gain access to the wiring.
Pull off the knob and the electrical leads to remove the thermostat, marking their place with tape. To liberate the thermostat, you may need to remove the holding nut.
Label and disconnect the leads before removing the power switch. Some switches are held in place by clips on the top and bottom, while others are held in place by screws.


Redford Electric provides a comprehensive range of services for electric heating systems, including baseboard heater installation, electric heating installation, electric heater repairs, and more. Our wealth of knowledge and trained, professional team of electricians will ensure that the job is done perfectly the first time, regardless of the size of your home or the scope of your project.

What are the benefits of electric heating systems?

Electric heating systems are cleaner than gas, oil, or coal heating systems and do not generate any odours. Furthermore, both in new construction and existing residences, electric heating installation is less expensive.

Electric heating systems can also be utilised as “top-up” heating in situations where gas or other central heating is the primary source of heat and electric is used as a backup. Many electric warmers are portable and have a short response time. It is normally more expensive to operate, albeit the relative prices to other forms of energy, such as gas, are dependent on local conditions and costs at any given time.

When it comes to electric heating installation and repair, why should you choose Redford Electric?

We can handle any type of electric heating installation or maintenance, regardless of technology, at Redford Electric. We’ve done baseboard heater installation, electric heater repair, baseboard heater repair, and full electric heating system installation in the past.

Contact us immediately for rapid service in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, Surrey, White Rock, Langley, Cloverdale, Aldergrove, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge, Mission, or Abbotsford for your electrical heating needs.

What Are Electric Wall Heaters and How Do They Work?

Wall-mounted electric heaters are among the most basic heater designs, and they perform similarly to portable plug-in electric heaters. These hardwired heaters generate heat using basic electrical resistance going through heating coils in a unit placed in the wall, and are powered by a typical 120-volt or 240-volt household circuit consuming 15 or 20 amps. The on-off cycle is controlled by a built-in thermostat, and air is circulated around the heating element and out into the room by a fan blower.

A wall-mounted heater may decrease in performance or stop working altogether over time, despite its simple design. You may notice that the blower continues to blast air, but it is no longer hot. Alternatively, the heating element may be hot, but the blower may have ceased working. Occasionally, neither the blower nor the heating element will function properly.

Cleaning, inspection, and tightening loose connections are all simple ways to address small issues with your wall-mounted electric heater. Most DIYers can easily complete these chores. A malfunctioning circuit breaker in the main service panel may be the source of the problem in some circumstances. It’s also possible that the heater’s blower motor or heating element (or both) have burned out and the heater has simply outlived its usefulness. The only solution in this situation is to replace the heater. Replacement of circuit breakers or heaters is normally a job for a qualified electrician, but a skilled DIYer with enough expertise may handle the job safely.

Electric Heater Repair and Basics

Electric heaters are often simple in terms of components and operation, making them straightforward to troubleshoot and repair for electricians. The next sections will go through how electrical heaters work and what can go wrong with them. If you’re having issues with yours, the safest course of action is to contact a certified electrician for assistance, as a defective electric heater might create a fire. Make sure there’s nothing flammable inside or close by!

Common Electric Heater Issues

Although the heater is made up of only a few parts, if any of them fail, the heater will stop working. Normal use will eventually wear down the heating components. The most prevalent problems are those produced by thermostats, switches, and heating elements. Furthermore, higher-wattage heaters have the potential to blow a fuse or trip a circuit breaker, cutting off power to the circuit.

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