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Old 12-05-2010, 11:38 AM
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Block heater on with truck running?

Does anyone do this? does it help or hurt anything? I plug my truck up at night when I get home and I have it on a timmer that comes on 3 hrs before I leave for work. I was wondering if it would hurt to leave it plugged up for the 10 or 15 min while i get ready?
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Does anyone do this? does it help or hurt anything? I plug my truck up at night when I get home and I have it on a timmer that comes on 3 hrs before I leave for work. I was wondering if it would hurt to leave it plugged up for the 10 or 15 min while i get ready?

No it wont hurt anything.
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I've left mine plugged in while running and it didnt hurt anything. Don't think it does much good though.
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shouldnt hurt anything at all
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I figured it would help, if anything. one would think that with the oil and coolant circulating and the block heater on it would still help heat things up quicker..

Thanks for the reply's.
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Just dont forget to unplug it before you leave haha.
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Only thing it'll hurt is your electric bill.
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i have read the block heaters use about 1000-1500watts? does anyone know how much ur really uses? I figured at 1000w I use a timmer to turn on the block heater 3 hrs before I leave. At the current rate of my electric cost it cost me .08cents per hr, so 3 hrs is .25cents.. In a months time thats about $7.50 a month.. Not to bad with a timmer and it seems to be just enough to make my truck warm in a few minutes.
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i have read the block heaters use about 1000-1500watts? does anyone know how much ur really uses? I figured at 1000w I use a timmer to turn on the block heater 3 hrs before I leave. At the current rate of my electric cost it cost me .08cents per hr, so 3 hrs is .25cents.. In a months time thats about $7.50 a month.. Not to bad with a timmer and it seems to be just enough to make my truck warm in a few minutes.

what timer are you using? i was gonna get a christmas one but there is no way thats gonna hold the draw for the heater.
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what timer are you using? i was gonna get a christmas one but there is no way thats gonna hold the draw for the heater.
Go to Home Depot or Lowes, they sell timers rated for 1500 watts, cost right around $20-25 and are programmable.
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