Shop stuff #74: Mr Heater - FAIL!

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Blog entry by JimDaddyO posted 01-28-2017 10:57 PM 1737 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought this tank top propane heater for the shop last year. I am barely into my second 20 pound tank of fuel and the ground wire to the heat sensor failed. Poor workmanship here. It has been well taken care of in its short life, but you can’t overcome a poor product. Sometimes you come across a product that makes a “Not Recommended” list in your books.

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 02:07 AM

If you are using propane make sure you have a CO (carbon Monoxide) monitor in your shop. It is amazing how fast CO can build up to dangerous levels.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 02:40 AM

Yes, I should get one, I do leave the windows cracked open though.

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#3 posted 01-29-2017 02:58 AM

Not good at all, just when you need it also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#4 posted 01-29-2017 05:12 AM

I had a mr. Heater bigmaxx and it needed a new circuit board because of poor assembly. I had no problems getting a new board. The only problems I have now are dust in the air problems. The orfic for the vacuum switch needs cleaned periodical but that’s not a manufacturing problem sawdust in air problem. This year l had to clean the flame sensor. Other than those problems the furnace runs great. The customer service at mr. Heater has help with suggestions on what to look for and how to fix it.

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#5 posted 01-29-2017 01:10 PM

I don’t know why they would not make this with a screw attachment point so that brittle wire could be attached or replaced easier… wait, I do know why, by making it this way it is probably cheaper and keeps the parts sales up. I expect they want to sell the whole heat sensor instead of it being a simple repair.

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#6 posted 01-29-2017 03:34 PM

I am very sorry to hear that you a dissatisfied with Mr. heater I have had mine for 13 years still working just fine …...but to heat quicker I had bought a forced air propane ….from Mr.Heater

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