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Space Heater question O/T

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by 686beretta, Nov 28, 2008.

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  1. 686beretta

    686beretta TS Member

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    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I have a space heater, that has been working fine, until last weekend. I plug it in and it won't come of I have checked the circuit breaker, it's fine. The outlets that I used when I plugged a lamp or toaster into worked fine but the heater won't come on. I took it over to my parents today and it works just fine there. I have reset the part that plugs into the wall. Does anybody have any thoughts?
     
  2. djpk69

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    Sounds like a short somewhere. If a toaster/lamp worked at your place.....then you took it somewhere else and it worked fine.....gotta be a short in the line/ or faulty plu end. what do you mean by "reset the part that plugs into the wall "? An outlet is either HOT/or NOT....if a toaster works ....the outlet is fine. The breaker would "Break" if it was the outlet. I susspect the plug END.......sometimes they get "ached"....sometimes corroded. Did you try it in another outlet in your house?
     
  3. 686beretta

    686beretta TS Member

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    Yes I have in 3 different outlets, lamps work fine with them, the heater won't....
     
  4. djpk69

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    This is puzzling Beretta. In "modern" house wiring....and I mean knob and tube/fuses/and MORE modern Breakers.....an outlet is either HOT or NOT....
    If it is NOT it can ONLY mean the Fuse or Breaker POPPED....or one of the 2 wires (Hot or Common) has an OPEN (break in it). if an outlet will electrify a lamp....it will run the heater..or pop the fuse/breaker. I would suspect a FAULT cord or plug to your heater. The FACT that it worked at your parents could have been a fluke (perhaps twisted the line a bit). One other very SLIM chance is that your heater is "polarity" sensitive"....try flipping or revrersing the plug. Are you sure there is NO 'reset" button on the heater?
     
  5. djpk69

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    GOOD suggestion PAT......the switch/GFCI that NO ONE can figure out ! Try it in a "KNOWN to be HOT" outlet.
     
  6. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    Neon testers cost about a buck and a quarter. Get one and use it whenever there is a question. Best money you ever spent.

    HM
     
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