How to Safely and Effectively Clean an Electric Wall Heater
- by Gillece Services
Nov 06, 2018
Your electric wall heater should be cleaned at least twice a year, if not more. If you have pets or live on a dirt road, you should consider cleaning it more often as hair and dust will collect in your heater – keeping it from working efficiently or in extreme cases even damaging the unit.
To properly clean your electric wall heater, the first thing you’ll need to do is turn off the unit. You’ll also need to turn off the breaker that is directly connected to the heater. This is extremely important for safety reasons. You don’t want any electricity running into the unit while you’re working on it.
Before removing the grill, you’ll need to remove the thermostat knob if you have one that’s on your heater. Once you carefully get the thermostat knob off, remove the grill and place it into a tub full of soap water if you can. This will clean any dirt and dust that has collected on the grill.
You will need goggles or safety glasses for this next step. Using an air compressor, vacuum blower or hair dryer, blow all hair, dust, dirt and other debris that have collected out of the heater. To avoid damaging the motor, try not to move the fan at all with the air. Naturally, this is going to spread dust, so it’ll be best to clean the entire room once complete. Minimizing dust in the home, means less dust that can collect on the heater.
Give the grill a good scrubbing. If you were able to allow it to soak right when you removed it, all you should have to do is give it a rinse. Next, be sure to thoroughly dry the grill, you do not want any water to drip into the unit. Wipe it down and blow dry if necessary.
Once the grill is completely dry you can reinstall it and the thermostat knob. Now your unit is clean and can be turned back on.
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