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A good Heater with Quality Control Issues
7 September 2017
UPDATED REVIEW 8 Sep 2017
Unfortunately the replacement heater has exactly the same issue.
The Thermostat does not turn off the heater.
I tested it on a small room with thermostat set to it's lowest and it took the room to 27.2C and still did not shut down.
So looks like a bad batch. It has been returned, defective.
Bought this when it was £12.70.
This appears to be a well made, sturdy little heater.
Stable in the horizontal and vertical. Has a handy handle for carrying it around.
A short 90cm cable may be an issue as it limits its placement to quite close to the wall.
It has a red light, between the dials, that illuminates when it is turned on.
The dials are smooth so can be quite awkward to turn. On other heaters they are notched making it easier to grip and turn.
The first dial sets one of four settings, Off, fan only, 1Kw Heater with fan, 2Kw heater with fan.
The Second dial sets the thermostat function.
Turn it right down and it sets a frost watch mode, when the temperature drops below 5C it should turn on and stay on until the room gets up to 5C. Being too warm I have not tested this function.
To set the temperature turn on the heater with the thermostat dial turned up fully, in a room that you want to heat, when the temperature gets to level you want (ideally by checking a thermometer, as your feeling of hot or cold is not very reliable :-)) when it gets to the right temperature turn the thermostat dial down until it you hear a click and the heater turns off. from now on the heater should turn off when it gets to this temperature.
*** On the unit I received the thermostat did not work (returned to Amazon for a replacement)
Is a 12 page A5 stapled document. It actually very good except for when the Heat Setting Dial and Thermostat Control Dials are mislabelled that may cause some initial confusion. The Operation section is really good and has photograph showing how to plug in a plug into a wall socket. Nothing is assumed with these instructions, pretty impressive actually.
Worthy of note:-
1. On using this for the first time it may smell a little as the elements warm up and burn off collected dust extra left there form manufacture. This should disappear very quickly, a couple of minutes or so of use.
2. When you first use it periodically check the heater's plug it should not be getting hot, if it does unplug and have it checked before using again.
3. The instructions state you should always keep the heater 100cm from any wall or other object and that the heater must not be used with an extension lead. See Conclusions:- below as to why these are problems.
The fan uses 27w and would cost around 1/2p per hour, at 1Kw about 16p per hour and at 2Kw about 32p per hour to run.
So if you run this fan at 2Kw for one hour a day it will cost £116 per year, so not the best way to heat things up, the Central Heating is usually the cheapest way to do that. But if you need to warm up a small space occasionally for 5 minutes a day while you are in there it is acceptable and cheaper than running a radiator there :-)
With a 90cm lead and instructions not to use extension leads how are you supposed to ensure a gap of 100cm around it at all times as the instruction state. The absolute furthest you can place the heater from anything is 90cm!
The unit worked in all ways except the thermostat did not work at all.
This is important because you want to set it to shutdown when it gets warm enough.it won't shutdown, it will just keep on going and going until you notice how hot it is and then have to face the utility bill.
I am not too sure if the Frost Watch would work if the Thermostat does not work. If you put it in a room where it gets cold and there is plumbing running through it and you use this to stop it freezing - I do not have a confidence it would work.
And finally, I give it One Star because if Quality Control can miss a thermostat not functioning what else are they missing thetas not so obvious, internal wiring etc. I really like avoiding fires in my home, this is why I bought a BEAB Approved heater, that is an indicator of strong future of quality being applied from the design high the way through the factory and finally testing.
This one was missed. Looking through the reviews you can find plenty of cases where other similar omissions of quality control have occurred. A worrying trend with a BEAB Approved device.