Heating, Air Conditioning, Fridge, HVAC/furnace fire


We had trouble with our heater.  Repair man took out heating element (waiting for new one) told us we could use heater.  We just had an fire!  Caught in time thank God.  Should you use heater without element?  Have you ever experienced this before?

Thank you,
Darlene Ebner


I do not know what type of heater your talking about, anytime you take out original key combustion parts  the unit should not run it should be tagged out. If this is a electric heater. and you have one of two bad elements, typically you still can use heater ( at half capacity )if the removal of old element controls are not going to energise and was safely secured.  

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