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Old 12-15-2010, 03:54 PM
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block heater...ok to leave plugged in overnight

OK I'm a total newb to the diesel world but not to cold weather. Yes is sucks here in Ohio during the winter.

Guess what Im asking is it going to be ok to leave the block heater plugged in all night (from 6:30pm - 6:00am)? Will the heater get to a certain temp (like a thernostat does) and stay there or does it constantly heat cycle till you unplug it?

I've only had my new to me truck home since monday and so far I'm loving it!

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Old 12-15-2010, 04:01 PM
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I have done this in 20* and 50* a few times, no issues. But I got an out door outlet timer so I do not have to plug it in all night long.
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Old 12-15-2010, 04:12 PM
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it wont hurt anything but your wallet to leave it plugged in overnight. I'd suggest a timer set for 3 hrs b4 you leave in the morning. Somewhere I read that 3 hrs the temp is gonna get as warm as its gonna get.
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The block heater draws as much power as an electric iron. You only need to warm it a couple of hours, it really makes starting the truck easier and heat comes out the vent faster.
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It doesnt cost too much I plug it in 6-12 hrs a night, in the winter I dont use my A/C so my bill seems really small still.
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:14 PM
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Timers are a good Idea....except:

If you need your vehicle avaliable all night long (on call thingy, or kids??) get a thermostat control outlet adaptor for 20*, and atleast it wont start heating till it gets that low.
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:21 PM
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What about leaving it plugged in for days or weeks at a time? My parking garage at school has outlets (so it's free). And I sometimes go for a week or so without driving my truck, is it cool to leave it plugged in? Does it run constantly, or does it cycle at a certain temp?


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Old 12-15-2010, 05:39 PM
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It wont hurt a thing, I farm and there are a couple tractors i leave plugged in all the time because there is no set schedule for when i will need it.
Yes they run all the time but are only "hot" enough to heat the coolant to a certain temp, it wont be a big deal and wont hurt a thing leaving it plugged in.
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Old 12-15-2010, 05:52 PM
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Heating elements have a finite life, so for plugging it in for long days, I'd be sure to buy a 20* plug adaptor (comes on, applys 120 volts at 20* and off at 30*), so you arent expending your element unecessarly, and wasting energy for no good reason
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