Your waterbed heater exists for a number of reasons; however most people believe it is designed simply to keep you warm at night. It is true that a heater can make a waterbed warm and comfy which means no hypothermia, but it also keeps mold and mildew from forming as a result of condensation. At STLBeds we take seriously when our customers have problems with their waterbed heaters. One preventable problem is premature vinyl failure which is more often than not a result of waterbed mattresses where the heaters were either not being used or were never turned on. We have found a warm bed on average lasts longer because warm vinyl is softer and more pliable than cold vinyl.
Finally one last waterbed heater occurrence is static electricity, this happens when one person is standing on the floor while the other is in bed and they touch or kiss. We have seen this especially when the beds are on concrete floors. Sometimes it is a wiring issue in the home and may require an electrician. The other reason is a grounding or completed circuit issue. You should contact a waterbed dealer or the waterbed heater manufacturer to resolve this issue. If it is more than a simple static discharge we suggest taking the heater out of the bed checking it for a burned heater pad or a bad power cord. If you have any doubts or it’s older than your married children we suggest replacing it!
If the waterbed heater doesn’t work and you have drained the only to find a burn mark or serious brown or black discoloration in the heating pad this is a very serious problem, remove it immediately and throw it away and buy a new one. Although this is a very rare occurrence this is the most serious of waterbed heater failures and should not be taken lightly. For your safety all waterbed heaters are sealed units and are not designed to be worked on and are called throw away items for a reason. All waterbed heaters are required to have a built in safety limit switch that is designed to act like a circuit breaker and shut the units off in case of emergency and typically do not reset. Water bed heaters built today have lower wattage outputs, which make them a lot safer than units made 10-15 years ago which operated at higher temperatures due to more wattage output. One last thing about lower output heaters, they can take up to a week to reach operating temperature, especially if you have filled the bed with cold water and or live in a colder climate.
There are a wide variety of parts and supplies that you can find over the Internet for your waterbed. When buying them over the Internet you can also generally find them at better then retail prices. Bedding stores online offer items such as waterbed heaters, drain fill kits, frames and headboards. Many of the parts and supplies that are available from online bedding supply stores can also be very useful to you, especially if you intend to install and maintain the waterbed yourself without professional assistance. But apart from the maintenance perspective you can also have fun decorating your waterbed to match in with you bedroom decor. You can purchase any number of quilts, throw cushions and towels from these specialty bedding suppliers.