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Block heater question.

I've had a couple people tell me that it wasn't good to leave the block heater on for long periods of time. Is there any problems with doing this and if so what are they. I've read on here to just plug it in or but it in a timer to come on for a couple hours before trying to start. Other that saving electricity what is the reason to do this.
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I've had a couple people tell me that it wasn't good to leave the block heater on for long periods of time. Is there any problems with doing this and if so what are they. I've read on here to just plug it in or but it in a timer to come on for a couple hours before trying to start. Other that saving electricity what is the reason to do this.
After about 3 hrs mine goes from 20* to 90* so i will save the electricity and use a timer.
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I've had a couple people tell me that it wasn't good to leave the block heater on for long periods of time. Is there any problems with doing this and if so what are they. I've read on here to just plug it in or but it in a timer to come on for a couple hours before trying to start. Other that saving electricity what is the reason to do this.
Not sure if there are any downsides to the length of time the block heater can stay plugged in. On my work truck (freightliner) I left it plugged in all the time. Even through weekends. Never had an issue.

Only thing anyone has ever said was it was a waste of electricity.

It was nice to get to work and find a frost free windshield.
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One of the responses I got from one of the guys I work with was that the truck would get spoiled to it and would have to always plug it up. Didn't really understand what he meant but figured I would ask about it.
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its not like this thing has a brain to realize its being spoiled

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I leave mine plugged in over the weekends. At work, we have all F550's and they stay plugged in for days or weeks at a time.

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One of the responses I got from one of the guys I work with was that the truck would get spoiled to it and would have to always plug it up.
I'd rather spoil my truck, than what the other option would be.
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I plug mine up when it is below 40 because it is easy to do and it just seems to me to be much better for my truck just from the way it sounds when I crank it cold as opposed to plugged up. I did, however, because of the advice I received here on the forum, buy a 7 dollar timer and set it to come on 3 hours before I leave to go to work. That was a great idea and seems to work great. Why not plug up when cold for the trucks sake, especially if it is convienent?


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