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Oil Space Heater - Whining sound (example in link)

alliusis Member Posts: 2
edited December 2018 in Oil Heating
Hi all!

I had gotten this heater off of Kijiji, as I have an upstairs room that is very cold (if the overall house heat is turned up any more, the people in the basement can't sleep because it's too hot). It affects my sleep and I have birds so they need it warmer too.

I ran it essentially 24/7 on a moderate setting for a few weeks and it worked great. Added the few extra degrees I needed for the room to be cool yet comfortable. Now there is this whining noise when the heater turns on. Sometimes it lasts only a few seconds, other times it goes on a bit longer like here. I haven't been wanting to use it until I know what the issue is as it makes me anxious.

I will also ashamedly have to admit that when I first got it, the lower knob wouldn't turn. I was wondering if it was just cold from use, but I was anxious and tired of being cold so I grabbed some pliers and forced it to turn. There was a clunking noise, like something fell down inside, but the knob was fine after that and there were no issues with the heater for the few weeks I used it after that. I have also been contemplating opening it up to see if it's all ok inside or not.

So my questions are:
1. What is the whining noise?
2. What can I do about it?
3. Is it still safe to operate?
4. Is it worth opening up the front panel to check that everything looks to be in order?



  • alliusis
    alliusis Member Posts: 2
    Hi, please offer advice. I have to risk it tonight as one of my birds needs the warmth. Did I post in the wrong section??
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 4,971
    What’s wrong with your regular heat that you need this?
    I doubt anyone on here will probably be able to help you. It’s basically an appliance. Similar to calling an engineer to fix your toaster.
    I guess you have no warranty and can’t return it.
    Can you call their support to see if they can help? If you bought it locally you could take it back.
  • Jamie Hall
    Jamie Hall Member Posts: 15,858
    Well, I can't hear the noise on the recording -- but as @STEVEusaPA notes, it's just an appliance -- a space heater. Write it off and go down to Walmart and get one the same wattage -- probably around 1500 watts. Or Home Depot. Or Lowes. Or your local hardware store, even better. Or Amazon. they have them for around $30...
    Br. Jamie, osb
    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England
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