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Post by Axixic on Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:49 pm

The switch on my Lakewood 1500w oil-filled heater is fried. Pretty easy fix if I can locate a replacement switch. Anyone know where I might be able to purchase one?





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Re: Replacement switch for oil-filled radiant heater

Post by RVGRINGO on Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:54 pm

Take out the original and visit the local “electrodomesticos“ for advice. If they cannot find an exact replacement, it appears that there is room for the addition of another switch, or two, with a bit of “modification“.

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Post by Axixic on Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:10 pm

Yeah. Can you (or someone) suggest an “electrodomesticos“ in Chapala? My research failed to locate any.
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Post by Trailrunner on Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:45 pm

I think there was, or is, a repair guy somewhere in or around the locksmith on Morelos. Ask them. Ask at the fereteria on the corner. Ask Luis at Chapala Consignment shop.
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Re: Replacement switch for oil-filled radiant heater

Post by Axixic on Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:40 am

Thank you.
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Re: Replacement switch for oil-filled radiant heater

Post by RVGRINGO on Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:42 am

There is an electrodomestico shop, Refrigeracion Camarena, on Lopez Cotilla in Chapala, on the north side of the street, just a couple of blocks east of the mercado publico. They are very good and you may even find fluent English spoken.

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Re: Replacement switch for oil-filled radiant heater

Post by Axixic on Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:08 pm

RVGRINGO wrote:There is an electrodomestico shop, Refrigeracion Camarena, on Lopez Cotilla in Chapala, on the north side of the street, just a couple of blocks east of the mercado publico.  They are very good and you may even find fluent English spoken.

Perfect. Thank you.

[EDIT - Just in case someone finds this thread in a Search, the info is:
Refrigeracion Camarena
Calle Lopez Cotilla #299
Chapala
765-7270]
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Re: Replacement switch for oil-filled radiant heater

Post by Axixic on Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:00 pm

Axixic wrote:
RVGRINGO wrote:There is an electrodomestico shop, Refrigeracion Camarena, on Lopez Cotilla in Chapala, on the north side of the street, just a couple of blocks east of the mercado publico.  They are very good and you may even find fluent English spoken.

Perfect. Thank you.

[EDIT - Just in case someone finds this thread in a Search, the info is:
Refrigeracion Camarena
Calle Lopez Cotilla #299
Chapala
765-7270]

UPDATE - they don't sell parts but would be happy to send a technician to give me a quote for the repair (80 pesos fee for the technician.) Can anyone suggest another possible source? I just need the part; I can replace it myself.
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Post by CanuckBob on Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:08 pm

I would just go get a toggle switch at Steren and "McGyver" it in. You are not very likely to get an exact replacement.

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Post by Trailrunner on Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:34 pm

If it were me, I'd take it to SJC to the Calvarios (?) father and son, they can fix literally ANYTHING. No need to buy parts, it will cost very little, and it will be done well.

Yellow shop, on the carretera, lake side, just east of the tower.
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Re: Replacement switch for oil-filled radiant heater

Post by Axixic on Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:48 pm

CanuckBob wrote:I would just go get a toggle switch at Steren and "McGyver" it in. You are not very likely to get an exact replacement.

I am starting to think that you're right. Problem is that a simple toggle won't work. It has to be a double (for 600W and 900W) and a relay for the thermostat.
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Post by Axixic on Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:50 pm

Trailrunner wrote:If it were me, I'd take it to SJC to the Calvarios (?) father and son, they can fix literally ANYTHING. No need to buy parts, it will cost very little, and it will be done well.

Yellow shop, on the carretera, lake side, just east of the tower.

You're likely right, but I didn't want to transport the thing anywhere (getting by without wheels at present). And it seems silly to go to the trouble and expense for something that can be replaced for $25.

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Re: Replacement switch for oil-filled radiant heater

Post by RVGRINGO on Tue Dec 20, 2016 3:58 pm

Taxi?

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Re: Replacement switch for oil-filled radiant heater

Post by Axixic on Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:40 pm

RVGRINGO wrote:Taxi?

Nah. Minimum 4 trips. Doesn't makes sense to me. If I end up going the route of having someone else fix it, I'll likely go ahead and have the local guy send a technician for 80 pesos and see what they will charge for the work.

I could likely make a switch from any make dual-power heater work so I was kind of holding out for a DIY solution. Someone must sell them; these heaters are common enough. And, I dunno, I kind of get a kick out of doing these kind of simple repairs myself. Pride goeth before the fall, I guess.
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