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How to Check and Repair Your Electric Baseboard Heating

HVAC systemElectric baseboard heaters are great for small rooms or small areas that you want to heat individually. These are a reliable and consistent solution to problems you might have with other heating options that can be expensive.
But what do you do when your baseboard heating needs a repair? And how would you know? Throughout this blog, learn about signs to watch for and how to fix small problems.

Diagnose Your Baseboard Heating Problems

There is a surprising amount of issues that can cause problems for heaters, even small baseboard heaters.
One issue could be how clean your baseboard heater is. These heaters, like most others, must be cleaned well regularly. Without proper cleaning, you shouldn’t be surprised if you can smell burning or see smoke. The small particles inside your heater could be heated to the point that strange smells or smoke occur.
Additionally, blocking the heater with furniture or drapes can cause heating problems with these heaters. This is easy to fix because all you need to do is maintain some space between the heater and any furniture in the area. It will also help to keep the heater’s valves properly lubricated to prevent corrosion.
You could also have a defective thermostat. Cold conditions can cause your baseboard heater to run and then turn off if your thermostat is incorrect. You can solve this temporarily by setting your thermostat higher, but eventually, you will probably need to replace it.

Quick Fixes for Small Problems

The first places to look when you try to diagnose issues with baseboard heaters are the thermostat, circuit breaker panel, and inside the heater. These issues are relatively easy to fix if you are somewhat handy around the house. However, if you have checked these spots and still cannot find the root of the problem, you should consider contacting professionals.
First, turn off your thermostat control so that you can open the panel door. Look for a tripped breaker and then, if you find one, reset it. If the same breaker trips again, your problem is likely the breaker and not the heater.
If your breaker stays on without any further trips but you still experience problems, turn on the heater thermostat again. Watch the breaker to see if that trips anything again. If it does, your problem is probably a wire in the thermostat.
For each of these steps, the two tools you may need are a multimeter and a screwdriver. Use the multimeter to measure the resistance if you need to inspect for wire shorts. Any wire that reads “o” will need to be repaired. The screwdriver is necessary for accessing the wires and inner workings of your heater.

Get Help With Heating Repairs

For any of your heating problems, contact family-owned Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing at (732) 741-0694. They can help you with any baseboard heat repair services you need, and reap the benefits of their 100% customer satisfaction pledge.