How to Troubleshoot a Portable Oil Heater

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Portable oil heaters are useful for providing an extra source of heat in an otherwise cold room during the winter. Problems that commonly affect oil heaters, regardless of brand, are often caused by incorrect setup or poor choice of location. Issues with the electrical supply are also a contributing factor to many technical issues. Troubleshooting your portable oil heater will help you get warm again. Exact parts and buttons will vary, based on your particular brand of oil heater.

  • Check that the oil heater is still plugged in. You might have disconnected the power during the summer and forgotten to reconnect it when you need the heater. Disconnect any extension cords, power bars, double-adapters or power boards connected to the heater and plug the power cord directly into an outlet.

  • Adjust the heat switches on the side of the heater. Some heaters have several levels of heating accessed by moving switches in different combinations. Move the switches so the both are in the "On" position. The heater will take a few minutes to heat up.

  • Turn up the thermostat, if fitted. The heater might be configured to switch off at a temperature lower than you were expecting. Some oil heaters have a dial on the side that regulates the thermostat and the level of heating. Allow a few minutes for the new heat setting to take effect.

  • Move the heater into a better position. Air needs to circulate around and through the fins of the heater for it to work properly. Put the heater in front of any furniture while ensuring the power cable doesn't pose a trip hazard. Don't cover the heater with any clothes or blankets.

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