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When you have a waterbed there are several things that you must do in order to have a fully functional, and comfortable, waterbed. The first of these is Installing a New Waterbed Heater. One of the best features about a waterbed is its ability to give you adjustable temperature control. The ability to regulate bed temperature will not only enhance the beds comfort level, but sooth your aching muscles after a hard day of work. The truth is that many people buy waterbeds solely for the fact that they are able to enjoy a nice warm bed. However, knowing how to install a heater is imperative, especially if your existing heater breaks down. The process of installing a heater is quite simple, and all it takes is a little patience and few minutes, depending on how quickly you can work.
Of course if your waterbed is full then draining the water out is the first step. The most important thing to do before you begin is to unplug your old waterbed heater . This is very important because the last thing you want to happen, is have your heater overheat and burn due to lack of water. There are 3 general steps to Installing a New Waterbed Heater. First you will attach your heater control and lay out the heating pad, then install your safety liner, and then finally put the mattress on top of your safety liner.
When you have a Hardside Waterbed, always make sure that you place the heating pad in the center of your plywood decking inside the waterbed and away from board seams. Proper positioning ensures that the entire bed is heated evenly, and you won’t have cool spots. You will notice that with your heater, is included a thermostat unit. This thermostat is made of copper or rubber sensor, and is only a couple feet in length and monitors the temperature of the bed. You will want to place the sensor no closer than twelve inches, or one foot, from the heating pad. This is important because the sensor tells the thermostat when to turn on and off the heating unit.
After you have placed the heater in the desired location, you will then install the Safety Liner. The safety liner is just that, it provides you safety from any type of leaking that might occur within your waterbed. You will want to take your time with this step, because you want to ensure that all four corners of the safety liner are properly tucked into the corners of the bed frame. Make sure that you don’t have any type of wrinkles of folds in the liner that are over the heating pad. These wrinkles or folds can trap air, and create an unsafe and unwanted hot spot that could burn. You will then want install your mattress, making sure that all of the four corners are neatly tucked into the bed frame. Fill the mattress with water according to the directions; add the water conditioner and then turn on the heater somewhere between 87-90 degrees.
NOTE: some heating systems may need to be installed differently refer to direction on heating pad for specifics.