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See the full Consent Agreement between the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Cadet Manufacturing Company here
"On January 14, 1999, the staff filed
an Administrative Complaint against Cadet, The Complaint alleges that
certain of the Heaters are defective and present a substantial product
hazard.." " ..because their design and/or manufacture causes them to
overheat, fail, and catch fire; and/or allow lint, dirt, or debris to
build up within the heaters and catch fire.." ".. the Heaters can spew
flames and/or burning or molten particles, or eject sparks into the
living space of a home or residence, or energize the Heaters creating a
risk of electric shock..."
This is the
replacement unit cross reference chart from Cadet
and Encore Maintenance
These heaters have high temperature elements that are capable of igniting and ejecting lint and dust. Regular maintenance is key to their safe operation. This is an excerpt from the manual from Cadet
As needed, or every six months, minimum
grill, turn the electrical power off at the electrical panel board
(circuit breaker or fuse box).
Lock or tag the panel board door to prevent someone from accidentally turning the power on while you are working on the heater. Failure to do so could result in serious electrical shock, burns, or possible death.
2.) Turn the heater thermostat all the way up and wait approximately 30 seconds (120 seconds for some electronic thermostats). If the heater turns on, you have turned off the wrong circuit breaker at the electrical panel board.
3.) If heater does not turn on, proceed with next step.
4.) Remove screws and take off grill.
5.) Wash grill with hot soapy water and dry immediately.
6.) While holding fan (to avoid damage or bending), use a hair dryer or vacuum on blow cycle to blow debris through the top element (Do not touch element).
7.) Vacuum fan area without touching the elements.
8.) Replace grill and secure with screws.
9.) Turn thermostat to desired setting.
10.) Turn power back on at the electrical panel board.
Read the rest of the Operations, Maintenance and Warranty information here
The problems with these heaters have been address by the addition of a 2nd over-temperature thermostat. Quoting Cadets manual;
"The heater may be
protected by two temperature-limiting controls . The first is a high
temperature reset switch, designed to open the heater circuit when
excessive operating temperature is detected." "Further
may be provided by a secondary over-temperature switch, which will open
the heater circuit in severe over-temperature conditions, or in the
event of component failure. If this occurs, the heater must be repaired
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