LifeSmart infrared heater troubleshooting

LifeSmart has made a name for itself in the market by constantly releasing quality home appliances-especially furnace heaters. While their appliances work perfectly most of the time, customers have reported glitches here and there.

Considering it’s bound to be very uncomfortable if your heater stops working on a freezing day, we’ve created this easy-to-follow troubleshooting guide for the LifeSmart infrared heater.

In this article, we have explained in detail solutions to help you get your infrared heater back and running in a few minutes.

Below are common problems reported by most consumers of the LifeSmart infrared heater.

1. LifeSmart infrared heater won’t turn on

If your infrared heater randomly stops working, it might be because of the following:

Faulty power cord

If your infrared heater has a faulty power cord, it will keep powering off periodically or not powering on at all. To confirm if this is where the issue lies, follow the following steps:

  1. Disconnect the infrared heater from the wall plug to avoid injuries.
  2. If necessary, wait a few minutes for the heater to cool down.
  3. Study the cord for unusual bends, frays, or cuts. If you find any issues, you must replace the power cord.
  4. You can opt to call a professional or visit the convenience store and purchase the exact name of the power cord model.
  5. Replace the cord as the instructions on the manual dictate, and your heater should be fine.

Faulty wall socket

Your infrared heater could have ceased to work because the wall socket it is plugged into is faulty. In such a case, follow the steps below:

  • Unplug the infrared heater from the wall.
  • Try connecting some other appliance to the same wall socket to check if it will work. If it does, move on to the other solutions provided in this article.
  • If the other appliance doesn’t work. Switch off electricity from the main power outlet
  • Unscrew off the wall socket if possible
  • Check for any fried or cut power chords
  • You can either contact an electrician or replace the faulty wires yourself, if you have knowledge of the procedure.
  • Switch the power back on from the main outlet

Faulty remote

LifeSmart infrared heater remote

Most of the recent heater models that LifeSmart released are fitted with a remote controller. If, for some reason, the remote control stops working when you try turning on the thermostat, follow the steps below:

  • Move as close as you can to the heater and try again. If it works, then the remote sensors have grown weak and need to be replaced or the battery is depleted.
  • If it doesn’t work, try switching on the heater by pressing the button located at the back.
  • If it works, your remote is defective or needs its batteries replaced. In addition, you might need to contact a professional LifeSmart technician if it doesn’t work.

Faulty circuit breaker

Each infrared heater has a circuit breaker to prevent the appliance from burning or overheating. Therefore, if the circuit breaker is faulty, the heater won’t turn on or will keep turning off unnecessarily.

In this scenario, follow the steps below:

  1. Power off the heater and let it cool for a few minutes.
  2. Follow the manual to open its casing.
  3. Locate the circuit breaker.
  4. Confirm whether it is working accordingly by flicking it on and off.
  5. If need be, replace the circuit breaker or take it to a professional for further checks.

2. LifeSmart infrared heater won’t adjust accordingly

Infrared heaters come with a thermostat to help you adjust the temperature accordingly. If you notice that the temperature is not as per your set preference, then the thermostat might be broken.

In other instances, the heater will show the wrong temperatures if the thermostat becomes faulty. To check whether this is the issue, follow the steps below:

  1. Unplug the heater from the wall socket and if necessary, give it a few minutes to cool down.
  2. Screw open the heater. Most times, the screws will be located at the back.
  3. Follow the user manual to be able to identify the thermostat.
  4. If you have a multimeter, check the thermostat for continuity.
  5. If you get unstable or null continuity readings, it means your thermostat is broken and needs to be replaced

Also, ensure that the current location of the thermostat isn’t giving it false readings. E.g. confirm that it is position as indicated in the manual.

3. The infrared heater doesn’t produce adequate heat

6 - element infrared heater with front air intake

Just like most electrical appliances, an infrared thermostat requires routine maintenance to last long and work at its maximum capacity.

Failure to which you will start to notice problems like the thermostat producing less heat. The most common problem is usually dirty filters.

Contrary to popular opinion, infrared heaters do come fitted with a filter gauze. This will aid the filter from being obstructed with dust and debris that would otherwise clog the fan or the heater in general.

Follow these steps to fix clean the filter:

  1. Switch off your heater and give it time to cool down.
  2. Open it either by unscrewing the screws at the back or a demarcation on the casing.
  3. Locate the filter and check whether it has an accumulation of dirt and debris.
  4. If it does, carefully remove it as per the instructions on the heater’s user manual.
  5. Depending on the state of the filter, you can either choose to run it through cold soapy water or replace it altogether.
  6. Wipe down the inside of the heater with a wet cloth soaked in isopropyl or water.
  7. Return the dry/new filter to its required position before turning on the heater.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why does my LifeSmart infrared heater produce a humming sound even after I switch it off?

The humming sound occurs because the heater’s fan will continue to run until all the heat is blown out.

The time it will take for the fan to stop whirring depends on the temperature you set. It can even take thirty minutes in some occassions.

2. How long does it take for an infrared heater to warm up the room?

It depends on your infrared heater’s capacity, the room’s size and the floor plan.

For example, it takes a shorter time for a heater to warm up a room using a heater that has a higher capacity.

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