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Old 12-29-2009, 03:55 PM   #1
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Replacing old in-wall electric heater


I have a 30-year-old in-wall 1500W electric heater that I'm looking to replace with a new, 1500W heater. Have there been technological advancements in the last 30 years that may save me some money on heating costs? 1500W is 1500W... On full blast it will require the same amount of electricity but will it put out more heat? Does it make sense to replace a working heater?

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Old 12-29-2009, 06:34 PM   #2
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I wouldn't replace an electric heater for no reason. Like you said 1.5 kw is 1.5 kw so the operating cost is the same. That small of output can be had at any hardware store with a fan and thermostat control for $50.

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Old 12-29-2009, 06:40 PM   #3
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Does it make sense to replace a working heater?
Maybe for safety reasons, assuming the stuff nowadays is safer.
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that old i would think the newer would probably be running more efficient
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that old i would think the newer would probably be running more efficient
Not really. Physics hasn't changed much in thirty years.
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I'd maybe look at the wiring, inside & out of the heater
But if it is working I would not rip it out
Heck, some stuff was made better in the past
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Old 12-29-2009, 09:10 PM   #7
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Might have a more efficient blower motor.
But the heating element will be the same efficiency.

Sometimes, the fins get a lot of dirt in them and become insulated, and the air can't pick up the full heat.
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You could always buy one of those amish built fire place heaters!! that look like an old tv

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