Warning Oil filled radiator leaks

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  1. bobandjanie

    bobandjanie Funster Life Member

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    For many years we left an oil filled radiator in the motorhome to keep the chill off while at home.
    Something I would never do again, we got two less than a year ago for the apartment, and with this cold spell we have been using them, we never leave any heating On over night and went to move one today to find oil leaking out, not a major problem with tiled floors and it will be going back tomorrow, but to think I left one in the motorhome unoccupied for long periods we feel we were very lucky, and next time the truma would be left On. (y) Bob.
     
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    OK scare story alert!
    When we first moved into our house, it had storage heaters, which were great in the fact that they were useless in almost every weather condition that prevailed.
    We combated this by purchasing several oil filled radiators.

    Eventually we had proper central heating fitted, and so the oil filled radiators were surplus to requirements. So we were heading out on a road trip to Portugal, and my father asked if we would drop off the electric rads, so they had some extra heating over and above the open fire.

    This is literally the luckiest escape ever, they wanted the place to be nice and warm, and didn't want to light a fire, because that is really dangerous, so they left the electric rad on low. Anyway, several hours later, they arrived home, just in time to witness the electric rad bursting into flames! 10 minutes later and the whole house would have been gone!!!!
     
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    I always advise standing oil rads on a dinner tray or similar in case of leakages.
    The heater will eventually overheat and trip the internal thermostat so little chance of a fire.
     
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    In my previous life I sold oil filled rads (along with many other lecky things) which were made in Ireland.
    The boxes were plastered with signs and arrows stating that the boxes were to always be kept upright in case of leakage.
    Guess what......we opened several where the rads were upside down in the box. Only the Irish........:LOL::LOL::LOL:

    Richard.
     
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    I have 2 that I keep hold of for emergencies that must be over 40 year old and have never leaked, Nothing new has the quality of the old Made in Britain stuff !
     
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    That's awful. I had no idea these things could leak, I haven't got one and now after reading this, I will never have one.
     
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    That's why we use a convector heater in the van. Nothing to leak, nothing to combust just a metal box with the heater wires inside with a thermostat, thermal trip and a tilt switch in case of tipping, even has a metal bottom so if an element dropped it would stay within the unit. Cheap as chips and work very well.
     
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    What's a "radiator"?

    JJ :cool:
     
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    Could I use one of those on hook up on a campsite @andy63
     
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    We had a similar problem some years ago dumped a pool of oil on the floor. Never used another.
     
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    Yes you can, we use one on hook up to save using the Truma heating (gas only)..
     
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    Thank you .. will look in b&q today. Appreciate your response.

    Edit.... just realised, I have this in my bathroom .. will this be alright?
     

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    Bob have a closer look, knowing where you live I bet it has rusted through.
     
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    Your welcome, we got our from the 'Range' when we were in the UK a couple of years ago, very light and easy to use and heats our 7.40m van no problem at all..
     
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    Yes we use always use ours on site, it has 750w and 1200w settings. 750 is usually all that is needed unless it is seriously freezing, then you can go higher up to 2000w. No point in running gas or diesel heating if hooked up and already paid for electricity.
     
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    We had one, which leaked recently, ( A "Cheap as chips" Chinese One). But the older ones with lots of years on them are OK. The leak BTW came from actually where the Element was "sealed" into the Screwed Plug. On the face of it, it would appear that the suspect part is the element? (picture).
     

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    :LOL: it's only 11 months old, and hardly used as you know Alan it is normally warn and don't need heating On. :ROFLMAO: Bob.
     
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    Quite a few electric heaters you'll see the warning do not leave unattended!
     
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