Q&A: Should I buy an extended warranty for my water heater?

Q&A: Should I buy an extended warranty for my water heater?

Q: My electric water heater had a six-year warranty and is now nine years old. A plumber told me to replace it before I have a problem such as a leak because it may be a major one that floods my finished basement. Do you agree? —Michael Lah Portland, CT

A: Our experts say yes, given your basement and the fact that your water heater unit is three years past the warranty. For many, though, it’s a … (read more)

CPSC recalls Optimus space heater we judged a safety risk

CPSC recalls Optimus space heater we judged a safety risk

The Consumer Product Safety Commission today announced the recall of two models of Optimus portable electric space heaters, including one model that Consumer Reports judged a Don’t Buy: Safety Risk last year and asked the safety agency to recall.

We tested the Optimus H-5210, $ 25, along with 19 other models. In our space heater tests, we put terry cloth over each heater to see whether the unit’s sensor shuts it off before it overheats. The Optimus … (read more)

Ad watchdog tells EdenPure to tone down space heater claims

Ad watchdog tells EdenPure to tone down space heater claims

The maker of EdenPure heaters has been told to discontinue its claims that the portable heaters are safer, superior and save more than other heaters. Suarez Corp, the manufacturer, can continue to boast that the heaters are “made in the U.S.A.” after a review by the Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation program. Consumer Reports recently included an EdenPure model in its tests of portable heaters but it didn’t make the list of eight top picks.

Among some of the EdenPure claims … (read more)

Optimus H-5210 space heater poses safety risk in Consumer Reports tests

Optimus H-5210 space heater poses safety risk in Consumer Reports tests

Electric space heaters are a cheap way to chase away the chills—and they don’t come much cheaper than the $ 25 Optimus H-5210 sold at major retailers like Amazon, Sears, and Walmart. But it was the only electric heater in our tests of 19 models that set our test cloth on fire. We contacted Optimus, and test results it sent us also showed a potential safety problem with this model. It claims to have fixed the problem on … (read more)