Common baseboard heater problems

Baseboard heaters also have problems you may need to look at.

If your circuit breaker trips the moment you switch on the heating unit, it could be because of crushed wires that have compromised the wire’s insulation, causing the unit to overheat.

You may need to check the wires and test them for continuity. Another problem is a baseboard heater that stays on for a couple of minutes before it trips. A circuit breaker that has lower amperage than the heater’s amperage causes this. A good circuit breaker should handle the heater’s load without tripping. A defective thermostat will also cause the baseboard heater to trip. You may need to replace your thermostat if your thermostat is effective. Sometimes baseboard heaters may not turn on because the vents are blocked, the circuit breaker has tripped, or the thermostat is faulty. It would be best if you made sure all baseboard heaters are clear from obstruction. When a baseboard heater doesn’t turn off, you may need to tap the thermostat to release any stuck part as a temporary fix or replace it with a new one. Clean your air vents thoroughly If you can smell a burning odor from your baseboard unit. When dirt accumulates in the air vents, your baseboard heater will produce a burning smell. You also risk carbon monoxide poisoning emanating from burning dust and debris in your vents. For your baseboard to function properly, you may need to apply lubricant regularly on the valves inside the heater as they rust and stick together, blocking heat from going into the room. Proper usage of your baseboard and carefully following guidelines will make your baseboards serve you with no problems. If your unit fails persistently, call your HVAC technician to check it.
Furnace filter