Aloha Housewares of Arlington, Texas, made its circular-shaped Aloha Breeze portable fan heater in China during the 21st century, selling them at Wal-Mart stores. In 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 281,000 of the models (No. 05226) that were sold between July 2005 and July 2007 because seven of the units had overheated, causing a fire hazard. If you have an Aloha Breeze heater that was made at another point in the company's history, you can try to keep it alive if it starts to malfunction. If you have a recalled model, the company is duty-bound to replace it.
Things You'll Need
- Phillips screwdriver
- Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
- Cotton swabs
- Metal lubricant
Read the metal label on the back of your Aloha Breeze fan heater and see if its model number is 05226 and whether its manufacturing date falls between July 2005 and July 2007. If so, call the company's support department at (800) 295-4448 and ask for instructions on how to replace it. If you have another model, continue to Step 2.
Check for power problems. Unplug your Aloha Breeze fan heater and plug a working device into the same outlet to ensure the problem doesn't lie with the outlet. Plug the heater back into outlet power and try to turn it on. Use your multimeter probe to gauge whether power is arriving at the heater's plug adapter, just inside where the electric wiring enters the unit. If you're getting power, but your fan isn't working, continue to Step 3. If you're not getting power, call Aloha support at (800) 295-4448 for a replacement power assembly, keeping in mind that the Breeze retailed for about $15 in 2007.
Clean your fan heater. Unplug your device and unscrew the mounting bolts holding the fan blade covers on each side. Vacuum any dust or cobwebs that have accumulated under the fan covers, including around the electrical assembly. Wash the two fan covers in soapy water and dry them. Use a cotton swab to eliminate dust or grime from around the apex of the blades, as well as where the blades enter the heater base.
Remove the mounting screws at the bottom of your fan heater to remove the motor cover. Examine the motor for any further dirt or dust. Use a cotton swab to gently clean up here as well.
Plug your Aloha Breeze fan heater back in and watch for motor activity, including how bearings are holding up and whether any magnetic brushes need replacement. Smell for odd odors possibly being made by a broken or tangled belt. Unplug the fan heater, squirt some metal lubricant into the various areas of the mechanism, screw the motor housing back into place and replace the fan blade covers.
Plug your heater back in and inspect its functionality.
Tips & Warnings
- Always ensure your heater is unplugged when inspecting inside. Plug it in only when you're not touching internal parts.
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