Troubleshooting Halogen Heaters Troubleshooting Halogen Heaters
Halogen heaters work by providing heat in a room or area using radiation technology. These devices are great for warming up outdoor areas, such as porches, patios, and balconies. They can also be used to provide additional heat inside a room. If the device suddenly stops, take some simple steps to troubleshoot the problem before calling in a professional.
If the device does not turn on, there are a couple of things that may cause the issue. Check the power plug to see if it is connected to a power outlet. If it is, check the circuit breaker or the fuse box. If the circuit breaker is turned off, turn it on. Just make sure no one is working on electricity repairs. If the fuse on the fuse box is blown, remove it safely from the box and replace it with a new one.
Inspect the Fuse
If all the connections are okay and the device still does not turn on, locate the fuse on the device and check if it is blown. Refer to the service manual on proper disassembling instructions. Remove the fuse and look inside it–a black residue can be seen inside the fuse if it is blown. If the fuse is made of ceramic, use an ohmmeter to test for continuity. If the fuse causes the device to read zero instead of infinity, purchase a new fuse and snap it in place.
If the device is remote-controlled, make sure that the device heating mechanism is not turned off. Try pressing the turn on button if it makes any difference. In addition, check the power button on the device and inspect if it is switched on or not.
Check the Halogen Bulbs
If the device still does not produce heat, there may be a problem with the halogen bulbs. Inspect the bulbs to see if they have cracks or dark spots inside. Replace the halogen bulbs if they are damaged or blown.
Refer to the service manual for steps on how to remove the bulbs from the device. Loosen the screws to remove the front cover. Determine how to remove the bulbs and then pull them out. Make sure to take note of the product number and model of the device to get exact replacements. These can either be bought at a local supply store or through the Internet. Most of the time, individual parts of halogen heaters may not be available locally, but you can still order online.
Open the cover of the device, snap in the replacement bulbs and turn the unit on. The halogen heater should provide heat once again.
When to Call a Professional or Buy a New One
If troubleshooting common problems with the device does not fix the issue, there might be other internal damages on the unit. If the cost of having it repaired by a professional is more than buying a new one, simply purchase a new one instead to get the best benefits from a fully functional heater.