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# 198296 3-Jul-2016 21:22
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I noticed today my "Kent" oil column heater was dripping hot oil onto my hardwood floor. 

 

That's the first time I've ever seen an oil column heater leak. It's also the first cheap oil column heater I have bought. I usually buy the more expensive, feature-laden DeLongi models.  I've never had any trouble with them in 15 years. 

 

Anyone else had cheap oil heaters leak oil? This heater has not been roughly handled at any time since I bought it.  

 

I'm just glad that room isn't carpeted. The oil was a deep, rusty red/brown colour. Each drop was about the size of a 10c coin. About 1 drop / hour. 

 

The heater is now outside awaiting disposal.  

 

(In the photo below, you can see a drop of oil at left of centre, just below centre. I'd moved the heater so I could see it better).  

 

 





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  # 1585396 4-Jul-2016 08:18
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http://www.energysafety.govt.nz/consumer/safety-alerts/product-recall-kent-oil-fin-heaters

 

Looks different but same problem.

 

 

Yes. Same problem...and 4 years later. This heater was bought about 3 months ago. This is its first winter.

 

Thanks for the link. I'll check there next time.





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Please return it. You might prevent someone's house burning down.




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  # 1585450 4-Jul-2016 10:34
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Rubbish brand. I suggest everyone check if they have a Kent branded heater that it appears in good condition.

I've had an oil column heater if theirs that must have had the element break inside making contact with the metal as I found it was live at 120v

Another was one of those ceramic towers. The safety switch in the base was a crap micro switch that was poorly wired and was slowly burning out.

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  # 1585465 4-Jul-2016 10:41
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I have only had one of their heaters, it was a small oil heater, and its build quality was nasty. Threw out when I got the aircon installed. Its probably the one brand I would rate worse than anything by CDB goldair





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  # 1585845 4-Jul-2016 20:04
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Can't remember the brand, but we had one spring a big leak years ago. Essentially ruined the wooden floors - soaked right through and there was nothing floor sanding/polishing could do. We ended up carpeting.


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  # 1585853 4-Jul-2016 20:11
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What I don't understand, is why this recall info isn't actually on the proper government recalls website at recalls.govt.nz. Their website seems to only list recalls in the last year or two. Instead it is on the energy safty website, which looks like it was designed last century, and  isn't the only place you would expect to see the recall notice. There also seems to be a huge number of recalls these days, due to faults in appliances. I wonder if self regulation isn't working properly. There was an article in the weekend on recalls, and if you house burns down due to a faulty product that had been recalled and it had been published, the insurance company may not pay out, as they would expect people to read them and stay informed.

 

So please do report this to the retailer,  as potentially you could save lives.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1585855 4-Jul-2016 20:13
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Can't remember the brand, but we had one spring a big leak years ago. Essentially ruined the wooden floors - soaked right through and there was nothing floor sanding/polishing could do. We ended up carpeting.

 

 

You could have contacted the manufacturer or retailer to see what they will do about putting it right. I am always concerned that they could leak. I mean you don't know how long they will last for, before they leak. But there is no real reason why they should leak, unless they are damaged, or are built cheaply.


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  # 1585884 4-Jul-2016 20:43
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I had a Goldair a long time ago which started leaking after about three years of use. I've since bought a Sunbeam one which has been faultless as with all the other Sunbeam products I have, but it'll be five years old at the end of this winter so due to its age I'll probably replace it as a precaution before next winter. 


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  # 1585942 4-Jul-2016 21:07
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We have two Italian-made Delonghi - both are ten years older or more, and still going well. Since last winter we also have a Dyson fan heater. They are expensive but heat the lounge at a fraction of the time and with heat transfer we have the excess heat pumped to our bedrooms. One of these heaters and our house is kept at 19c at the moment while outside is 10c.

 

They're a bit noisy but more efficient than the oil heaters.





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We have two Italian-made Delonghi - both are ten years older or more, and still going well. Since last winter we also have a Dyson fan heater. They are expensive but heat the lounge at a fraction of the time and with heat transfer we have the excess heat pumped to our bedrooms. One of these heaters and our house is kept at 19c at the moment while outside is 10c.


They're a bit noisy but more efficient than the oil heaters.



Guessing it is one of the new hot and cold Dyson models, as some of the slightly older models have also been recalled. https://www.consumer.org.nz/articles/dyson-am04-and-am05-heaters

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