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post #1 of 27 Old 10-19-2008, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
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HAVING BLOCK HEATER ON FOR HRS

Wondering if having the truck plugged in for more than 7hrs would damage anything like the heater unit it-self?

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i leave mine plugged in from about 8pm-7am every night i plug it in with no problem and my dad plugs his semi in for days at a time i wouldn't worry about anything

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not going to hurt anything
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won't hurt anything but your wallet when your elec. bill come in. Put it on a heavy duty light timer. 2-3 hours before start up is all you'll need.

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we run the timers on our semis and our trucks during the winter, 2 or 3 hours before operating will be efficient enough

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we keep our wreckers plugged in 24hrs a day when they arent on the road .. we dont usually have time ot sit and let them rattle for 10 mins before we drive out to a call ...

my personal truck is plugged in from 10 or 11pm to 8am every cold day in the winter too..

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same here, i plug mine in for atleast 8 hours

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nope...it is fine....just will HURT your electric bill

It pulls 1000 watts/hour which is 1 KWH

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oh crap! I forgot I tore my end off...

but yeah we leave all our plow trucks, including mine pluged in basically 24 hours a day, like Chris said dont have much time to let them rattle.



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how hot does our heater get? I plug mine in at night and its almost operating temperature it seems, when i wake up in AM. With heater and temp sensor bein on opposite sides of the block, and with it bein 1000 watts, id imagine it gets perty darn hot huh?

i heard somewhere that they can burn your oil off and that using a coolant heater is better?

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