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3.0 out of 5 stars Check that your fuse allows for the amp requirement... I suppose this applies to all mini heaters, December 18, 2012
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This review is from: Jarden Consumer Heater BCH9212-U Bionaire Ceramic Mini Tower Heater (Misc.)
Make sure you have the amps. This product blew our fuse everytime. The directions state that 10 amps are needed. Our fuse in the related area of the house15 amps. Basically, we could not run any other appliance at the same time (TV in our case).

Otherwise, the unit was easy to start the first time (you have to screw on the little black base), easy to run, and provided toasty heat for the small room we had intended for it. Users are advised to keep the unit 3 feet from basically anything (walls, furniture, etc.). That information may also influence whether it is suitable for what you have in mind so I thought I'd note it.

Needing so many amps is not technically a product flaw and might not be an issue in other homes, but I wish the requirement had been stated better / somewhere in the product description. I also think my expection/assumption that a compact product like this would be suitable for my home's energy availability was reasonable. Hence 3 stars.
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Initial post: Jan 1, 2013 8:59:02 PM PST
Electric heaters should generally be plugged on a "dedicated" circuit--which means there should not be other stuff running on this circuit WHEN AN ELECTRIC HEATER IS ON HIGH. That last part is pretty standard. IF IT STILL TRIPS A BREAKER WHEN ON HIGH AND NOTHING ELSE IS ON THE CIRCUIT LINE---THAT'S EITHER A CIRCUIT OR HEATER ISSUE---NEEDS BE LOOKED INTO BY A PRO FOR SAFETY. Good luck.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 1:28:14 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 24, 2014 1:28:53 AM PST
HarryKerryJr says:
If you really want a heater like this (they all draw a lot of amps), and if your house is not ancient but uses circuit breakers, you can have an electrician increase the amp capacity at that circuit, presuming you are not already (not likely) at the limit of total amps capacity of your electrical system. This will allow you to run an additional device on the outlets for that circuit. Yes, it can exceed $100 electricians bill, but you get a lifetime of convenience and not have to reset the breakers every time you currently exceed that circuits capacity.
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