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Trying to find a fan switch for a space heater

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by jeromehdmc, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. jeromehdmc

    jeromehdmc Member

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    I have a little space heater I use to warm the bathroom up. It has stopped heating but the fan still runs.
    I've taken it apart and found one of the terminals on the switch has come loose on the inside.
    Can anyone help me out in finding a replacement switch? It is a XK2 series selector switch. The only other numbers on it are 25T125 and U.PA66.
    I really hate to throw away a perfectly good heater for just a bad switch.

    Larry

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  2. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    Try Grainger.com. If the heater is a brand name, you can search Grainger for its parts, too.
    You could also substitute a toggle switch from the hardware store. They carry 15 amps, and cost very little.
  3. woodgeek

    woodgeek Minister of Fire

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    Don't know if that was what seeker meant, but you could put a switch on the cord.
  4. jeromehdmc

    jeromehdmc Member

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    I could use a toggle but I have to find which wires are which. It has off, fan, low heat, and high heat.
    Here is what the switch looks like.


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  5. heat seeker

    heat seeker Minister of Fire

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    A toggle switch won't work, then. I'd also try the heater's web site, but that might be a lost cause. Things just aren't made to be repaired these days. I, too, hate to discard something that can be fixed.

    I suppose you could wire in a toggle switch to energize the fan and the heating element, but you'd only have two options - "high heat and fan", or "off".
  6. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Visit the folks at http://www.digikey.com they have an on-line chat and you can ask about that particular switch (seems there are folks asking all over the Internet about that switch).
  7. cygnus

    cygnus Feeling the Heat

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    Mouser.com is another good source for electronic components.
  8. milleo

    milleo Feeling the Heat

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    Try Radio Shack, they usually find what I need on such things.
  9. jeromehdmc

    jeromehdmc Member

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    Cool, I'm going to try those sources.
    If I can't find something I'll just figure out the wires and go with a toggle.

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