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Review of electric convector Electrolux ECH-A-1500 M

26.12.2023 09:36

Characteristics

ManufacturerElectrolux
ModelECH/A-1500 M
Typeconvector heater
Country of OriginRussia
Guarantee3 years
Life time *10 years
Power1500 W
Heating element typehedgehog
Heating area20 m²
Control typemechanical
Number of power levels1
Housing materialmetal
Electrical protection classIP24
Weight3.8 kg
Dimensions (W×H×D)540×400×115 mm
Network cable length1.2 m

* Contrary to popular belief, this is not the time limit after which the device will necessarily break down. However, after this period, the manufacturer ceases to bear any responsibility for its performance and has the right to refuse to repair it, even for a fee.

Equipment

The heater is packed in a cardboard box made of technical (brown) cardboard. The quality of the material turned out to be quite high, and the printing looks high quality. When examining the box, we can get acquainted with the appearance of the device and its key characteristics. The manufacturer especially emphasizes the “innovative heating element,” so let’s pay special attention to it when reviewing.

The convector is protected from impacts using pressed cardboard inserts.

Having opened the box, we found inside:

  • the heater itself
  • dowels and screws for wall mounting
  • product passport with warranty card

At first sight

This heater is designed for efficient heating of premises: apartments, country houses and offices. It circulates air naturally, without the use of fans or other additional devices. The recommended heating area is up to 20 square meters, and the declared power is 1500 W.

The design of our convector is above average and looks very stylish and elegant. Despite the limited design options — about 80% is a metal body with air vents — the device still has a decent appearance.

The convector body is made entirely of stainless steel, and plastic elements are present only in part of the control panel.

The shape of the convector body is quite complex. There are a significant number of holes on the air intake (bottom) and air outlet (top) grilles. The side edges are beveled. It is assumed that this design promotes better heat distribution along the sides of the device. The manufacturer claims the presence of a special “3D heat distribution” technology. This is likely due to the angled openings in the air outlet grille, which allows heated air to spread to the right and left of the unit, rather than just forward and up/down.

There is a logo on the front of the device (in the center). In the lower left corner is the family to which our device belongs — A-Series. Before first use, you must remove the advertising and information sticker.

From the rear side you can see a body made of painted metal sheet and a mount for wall mounting (bracket). It is worth noting that this model has no legs, which means it is impossible to place the heater on the floor without additional elements. Perhaps, for the convenience of buyers, the manufacturer did not include legs as standard, presumably for the purpose of saving money. This implies the need to purchase a separate set of supports (cost 350-400 rubles), which will have to be purchased additionally to use the heater on the floor.

Holes for cold air intake are located both at the bottom of the heater and on the lower beveled edge.

On the left side there is a sticker with the model number and technical information about the device.

On the right is the control panel, which includes a mechanical knob and a key with an LED indicator. Below them there is a grille directed downwards (presumably for air intake from outside, providing additional cooling of the control panel elements). The power cord is located under the grille.

Particular attention is paid to the unusual shape of the handle. This solution allows the user to sense its current position. Moreover, this handle design gives the device a stylish and interesting appearance compared to the usual flat design.

The plastic fasteners that we see at the bottom of the side faces are designed to fix the heating element inside the case. The user does not have to interact with them.

Instructions

The instruction manual is a folded sheet of small format containing all the necessary information regarding the operation of the device.

Here you can find instructions regarding the installation and installation of the heater, a description of all functions and capabilities, as well as mandatory information — safety instructions, precautions, etc.

If necessary, the authors of the instructions explain the text with simple and understandable illustrations. In general, there are few unnecessary words here, so the instructions are easy and pleasant to read. At the end we will find a sticker with a serial number and a warranty card.

Control

The device has one operating mode and a single power level, corresponding to a power of 1500 W.

Switching on is carried out using the key, and the blue LED indicator lights up.

The heater has a single operating mode, which the manufacturer calls “comfortable”. Its operating principle is simple: when a comfortable temperature is reached in the room, you need to turn the thermostat knob until it clicks, and the heater will maintain the set temperature.

The power indicator is represented by blue LED light. If it is on, the heater is on. There is no separate heating indicator, so it is impossible to know whether the heater is currently running (although this is not critical information).

The thermostat triggers with a characteristic quiet click, which allows you to set the desired temperature by ear. This is quite convenient, especially considering the lack of numerical values ​​on the regulator.

Exploitation

Before use, be sure to remove the device from the packaging and remove all packaging materials, including stickers from the front panel. Then the body of the device should be wiped with a damp cloth, and then with a dry cloth.

The requirements are standard: for proper installation of the convector on the floor or wall, it is necessary to provide sufficient space on the sides and under the device for free air flow.

The electrical outlet must support a rated current of at least 10 A, which means the electrical cable must have a core with a cross-section of at least 3x1.5 mm (for copper).

As for ease of use, working with the convector turned out to be very comfortable. The LED indicator on the power button is always on, which prevents accidental leaving of the device on.

One of the advantages is the presence of a protection system against overheating and falling. When the device is tilted more than 45 degrees, it automatically turns off.

It is worth noting the use of a modern hedgehog-type heating element. Its advantages are that the heating element is located internally (in the central axis), and the heat is distributed using X-shaped “blades” with many “spines”. This ensures a lower temperature, which reduces the possibility of dust odors and the risk of foreign objects igniting inside the appliance.

During operation, it turned out that the device fully meets our expectations. Like any other convector, our heater reaches the “operating” temperature quite quickly, literally in a few minutes. The body of the device does not heat up too much.

Care

According to the instructions, device maintenance includes regular cleaning of dust and dirt. Before cleaning, turn off the device and allow it to cool. The convector body can be wiped with a damp cloth and then dried with a dry cloth. When using a wall mount, you must remove the heater from the bracket (to do this, lower the two latches down and carefully remove the device). Then you can clean the back panel. After cleaning is completed, the device should be placed back on the bracket.

It is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust from the internal parts of the device and grilles.

Our measurements

In standby mode, the consumption of the device turned on was no more than 0.3 W.

During operation, the heater consumes 1200-1370 W (on average about 1300 W). Our wattmeter showed that the voltage in the network was 215-220 volts.

The device operates silently, with the exception of rare and quiet clicks of the thermostat.

As for the case temperature, it varies depending on the measurement point. The maximum case temperature we recorded was at the hot air outlet (in the upper part of the case) and was 110 °C.

If we look at the front panel of the heater from the front, the temperature is distributed as follows:

53°C62°C64°C
48°C67°C55 °C
45°C46°C47 °C

The main part of the body turned out to be heated relatively little: 67 °C in the center, from 45 to 64 °C in the corners, the left side of the device heats up a little less than the right.

Power modeEnergy consumption for 1 hour, kWh
00
11.3

Practice tests

To test the efficiency of the heaters, we used a standard room in a city apartment, furnished with a small amount of furniture: a wardrobe, table, sofa, chairs, etc. The area of our test room was 15 square meters, and the ceiling height was 2.9 meters. According to the instructions, the heater is intended for rooms up to 20 square meters.

First, we cooled the room by ventilating the window for several hours. The starting point of the test was set to a uniform temperature in the room, after which we closed the window. The heater was placed in the coolest area of the room (on the windowsill), directed indoors and turned on at maximum power.

With cooler temperatures yet to set in, we were faced with a relatively high starting temperature of 5°C.

Temperature measurements were taken every half hour. The results obtained looked like this:

Timet° near the heatert° at a remote point
0:005°C5°C
0:3013 °C11.5 °C
1:0016.5 °C15 °C
1:3017.5 °C16 °C
2:0020°C19 °C
2:3021°C19 °C

The data obtained indicate uniform heating of the room. During the first hour, the air warmed up significantly (the adjacent rooms were not cooled), after which the heating process proceeded evenly — by about 1-2°C every half hour. The differences in temperature in different areas of the room were no more than one or two degrees.

Let us note that our measurements were not aimed at conducting a full-fledged physical experiment with maximum measurement accuracy. Results may vary slightly in other rooms or if initial conditions change.

It is also necessary to take into account that for household heaters (excluding heat pumps), the amount of electricity consumed directly corresponds to the heat transferred to the environment. This means that when using devices with the same power, only the uniformity of heating and the difference in temperature in different zones of the room can vary.

Conclusions

The Electrolux ECH/A-1500 M convector heater with a hedgehog-type heating element demonstrated performance (heating speed) corresponding to the device class. With a declared power of 1500 W, the actual average power consumption was 1300 W, which is a completely acceptable deviation.

The positive aspects of the device include the non-standard design and orientation of the outlets, which allow hot air to spread to the right and left of the convector, and not just vertically upward, which is an unusual and convenient solution.

It should also be noted that there is a power-on indication, which helps the user remember to turn off the device when leaving the house.

Unfortunately, the absence of legs in the purchase package presents certain inconveniences. Even if their cost is small, ordering and additional waiting at the point of issue may require additional time.

Pros:

  • Custom design with directional outlets
  • Power indicator for easy operation
  • Rollover protection
  • Advanced heating element to maintain temperature

Minuses:

  • Single-mode operation
  • Lack of legs included in delivery