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How to clean this heater.

Hilly Member Posts: 427
Naturally I am away for the holidays and don't fly back just yet. My buddy has no heat from this heater. He said it's always worked great. If I recall it's massively oversized for the room. Then I remembered he got a dog a couple of years ago. So I said try cleaning the fins. How does this style unit open. It's obvious the fins need some cleaning. I'm hoping that's the only issue.
So the Q's are, what brand is this and how does it open.


  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 23,272
    A little hard to answer any of the questions... without at least one picture...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
  • Hilly
    Hilly Member Posts: 427
    Hahaha. Not sure what happened to the pictures.
  • Hilly
    Hilly Member Posts: 427
    EBEBRATT-Ed Member Posts: 15,512
    That's just a plain old convector. Probably 4 screws in the front cover and pull the big front cover off starting at the bottom and vacuum it out.
  • Hilly
    Hilly Member Posts: 427
    I said pull the front.... I figure it was either hinged or friction fit.
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 6,506
    There's probably multi layers of paint hiding the screws. I've seen them where you can take the top off, and the rest of the cover, down the 2 sides is nailed or screwed (usually nailed) into the wall.
  • Alan Welch
    Alan Welch Member Posts: 267
    I think that one just lifts up straight and then pulls out , may need to cut through the paint at seams on both sides first. Would also check bleeder if forced hot water, is it a monoflow system?
  • MilanD
    MilanD Member Posts: 1,160
    Also, that hole in the middle is for a missing rotating knob which operates a damper on a screw inside the convector box. If that thing is detached and the damper has dropped closed, it'll stop the convection and despite a hot convector, have no heat coming out the grill.
  • Hilly
    Hilly Member Posts: 427
    Thanks @MilanD
  • Steamhead
    Steamhead Member Posts: 16,826
    Attach your shop vac hose to the outlet and blow the dust out.
    All Steamed Up, Inc.
    Towson, MD, USA
    Steam, Vapor & Hot-Water Heating Specialists
    Oil & Gas Burner Service
  • Hilly
    Hilly Member Posts: 427
    That's what I told him to try. I'll be back tomorrow so I'd say I'll be over there for sure.