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Patton PRH11 Buzzer Sounds on HIGH after 2 minutes

I have a Patton PRH11 which is looks exactly like the HRH316. It is a 1500W heater. When I turn it on High in a 12x12 room with a temperature below 32F Degrees, after 1-2 minutes the buzzer will sound, will turn off the heating and must be turned off for 2-4 minutes. It will also do this in Low, IF, the termperature select dial is set too high rather than turn off to cool down. What can be done to fix?

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There is a round sensor under the heating elements which sets off the alarm when it thinks it is overheating on the PRH11. Unfortunately, a dirty sensor will fool it into reacting like it is overheated. I cleaned the sensor which was dark and revealed it to be a lighter goldish maybe brass in its original color. If your sensor is dark, it will continue to trip the alarm for overheating and will need to be replaced. If you were lucky like I was and can clean it, the problem should be resolved and it will operate like normal until it gets dirty again. This procedure lasted for 3 days and I had to clean it again. I believe I left the dirt on too long and now my sensor has tarnished plus I live in a rural area with significant dust requiring this recleaning every few days. I only used a damp paper towel with water to clean. Cleaning may work better with alcohol or a tarnish removal solution.

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