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Why is my electric space heater crackling?

Why is my electric space heater crackling?
Why is my electric space heater crackling?

For whatever reason, electric space heaters have been getting a bad reputation recently. Some believe that their electric space heaters are poorly made, while others think that they’re unsafe. However, the truth is that electric space heaters are an amazing way to stay warm no matter what the temperature outside. In this blog post, we will answer the question “why is my electric space heater crackling” and tell you everything you need to know about electric space heaters.

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What causes crackling sounds from your electric space heater

Most electric space heaters produce heat through heating elements and a fan. The heating elements in an electric space heater are powered by electricity, and when turned on, they produce heat that is then transferred into the room. The heating elements transfer heat through convection, which means that as the heating elements heat up, they warm the air around them. This heated air is then transferred into the room.

The fan in an electric space heater is another important component. The fan is able to move the air in the room through convection, so as the air in your room starts to heat up it rises to the top of the room. As the air rises, it is replaced by cooler air from other parts of the room, and this causes the hot air to move throughout the room. This fan also allows more air to reach the heating elements, so more heat can be produced.

How to silence the crackling sound

Crackling heaters can be a nuisance. Fortunately, they’re extremely easy to fix.
First, check to make sure the heater is burning fuel. Many electronic heaters have an auto shutoff feature that will turn off the heater if the fuel supply runs low.

Second, ensure the heater isn’t overloaded. Turn it off and unplug it, then check the circuit breaker and fuse box to make sure it isn’t tripped.

If the heater is running and isn’t overloaded, but you still hear the crackling sound, it’s probably time for a new heating element. If the current heater is a gas model, you can try adjusting the flame, but most electronic models just need a new heating element.

Why your heater is making the crackling sound

A crackling heater is usually the result of too much airflow through the heater. This is usually due to the blower fan being blocked. This can be caused by dust, rodents, or debris.

A blocked blower fan can cause your heater to overheat, causing it to make a crackling noise. If this happens, you should turn off your heater right away and contact your dealer.

A blocked blower fan can also cause your heater to overheat, causing it to drip water. If this happens, you should contact your dealer right away.

How to replace the heating element in your space heater

Space heaters are great at keeping your home warm and cozy during the winter. But eventually, the heating elements on them need to be replaced.

The heating elements usually burn out due to old age. They can become worn out when you use the heater a lot, or they also can start to burn out if you overfill the heater with fuel or oil.

When replacing the heating element, you should check the warranty of your heater first. Many manufacturers only guarantee the heating element on the heater for a certain amount of time. If the heating element in your heater is no longer covered under warranty, you need to make sure it’s in working order before you purchase a replacement.

If your heater is under warranty, here’s how to replace the heating element:

  1. Disconnect the heater from the electrical supply.
  2. Carefully remove the old heating element and clean the heater.
  3. Put the new heating element in place and attach it to the heater.
  4. Reconnect the heater to the electrical supply.

When replacing the heating element, start with a cold heater. Remove the screws holding the heating element in place and disconnect the wires. Once the heating element is removed, clean the inside of the heater to remove any dust or debris

What to do when your electric space heater fails

When your electric space heater fails, it can be a stressful situation. While your heater should be able to withstand occasional use, if it starts burning out or overheating, having it repaired or replaced should be a top priority.

  • Check the circuit breaker: Check to see if your circuit breaker has flipped. A circuit breaker that flips can be a sign of a bigger electric problem. If the breaker has flipped, reset the breaker and then check your space heater to see if the problem persists. If the breaker does not trip again, then the circuit breaker is the problem.
  • Check the heating element: If the circuit breaker is working and your heater is still not working, then you may have a problem with the heating element. Check the heating element for cracks and loose connections. If you find any damage, replace the heating element and contact the manufacturer for further guidance.
  • Check the settings: A setting that is too high can cause your electric space heater to work too hard. To fix this problem, check the current settings and make sure that they are not too high.


So, now that you know that electric space heaters are the best way to stay warm, let’s talk about how to properly inspect and maintain an electric space heater. I hope you found this post helpful! Thanks for reading and please let me know if you have any questions in the comments section below.