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    Default Electric Heater Plug Hot

    Noticed the plug on my electric heater at the shop is very hot.
    Not just warm - but it is touchable.

    Its plugged into a socket on its own, no extension cords either.
    Doesn't seem loose either.

    Should I worry?

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    Default Re: Electric Heater Plug Hot

    Well, it's all heat. But, it indicates a duff connection either from a loose wire or a lack of tension in the socket connections, and it is better to fix it before it becomes a fire hazard, or mutilates the odd plug by arcing. Like most things except youthful folly, it is not self-healing.
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    Default Re: Electric Heater Plug Hot

    Hot wires are never good

    Sounds like the heater is drawing too much current than something can handle
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    Default Re: Electric Heater Plug Hot

    Try putting it on a lower setting

    My heater's power cable and plug were warm when on High but when I put it on low it was normal temp within 5-10 mins.
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    Default Re: Electric Heater Plug Hot

    It definetely isn't right, and may be a fire hazard.
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    Default Re: Electric Heater Plug Hot

    ditto to R2x1

    connection problem, either pins of the plug or the wiring inside it. also check the socket it plugs into.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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    Default Re: Electric Heater Plug Hot

    If it's a 2400w heater (fan boosted?), it's drawing 10 (plus a bit for the fan) amps of current, on a 240volt AC supply, which is the maximum most wall sockets are rated for, but as long as the fuse for that circuit is correctly rated (10 amp fuse wire or circuit breaker) I wouldn't worry too much (my fan heater (like the above) cable/plug gets slightly warm but hasn't been a problem apart from "sucking the juice").
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    Default Re: Electric Heater Plug Hot

    Quote Originally Posted by feersumendjinn View Post
    it's drawing 10 (plus a bit for the fan) amps of current, on a 240volt AC supply, which is the maximum most wall sockets are rated for, but as long as the fuse for that circuit is correctly rated (10 amp fuse wire or circuit breaker) I wouldn't worry too much
    Except that the fuse most likely won't be 10A. The circuit fuse is rated to protect the wiring within the wall not an individual socket or what's plugged in.
    The fuse rating will depend on the cable gauge.

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    Default Re: Electric Heater Plug Hot

    Maybe get a electrician to check the heater for current draw (to be on the safe side) especially if its of chinese manufacture .
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    Default Re: Electric Heater Plug Hot

    just change the plug. if you get a tech to do it they can put a meter on and check current draw. i have seen a lot of problems with cheap plugs and sockets before. ANY burn marks or heat marks get it fixed and smash the oldplug so no dumb bugger goes and reuses it later on.
    Tweak it till it breaks

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