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post #1 of 30 Old 12-26-2008, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Block Heaters: Such Thing As 'Too Long'?

It's getting pretty cold around here in RI. I've plugged the IDI in everynight religioulsy & since yesterday, I've just been leaving plugged it in & using the ol lady's Mustang daily. My '01 doesn't have a block heater but doesn't really have cold starting problems, so I don't know if there is a such thing as leaving your rig plugged in for too long. I'm sure this is probably a stupid question, but.....

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I believe Ford says not to ever have it plugged in longer than 4 hours. Don't quote me on that 100%, but someone will come along who knows for sure.

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I believe Ford says not to ever have it plugged in longer than 4 hours. Don't quote me on that 100%, but someone will come along who knows for sure.
It takes at least 4 to completly warm the block or oil system. It will be fine. I plug mine in for 8-10 hours. The only thing it hurts is your electric bill.
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Yeah i leave mine plugged in for 8-10 hours also.
How bad is it on your Electric Bill?
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Yeah i leave mine plugged in for 8-10 hours also.
How bad is it on your Electric Bill?
because i have only been plugging it in for the past 2 weeks so im dreading the bill
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Yeah i leave mine plugged in for 8-10 hours also.
How bad is it on your Electric Bill?
Dunno. Still live at home with mom and dad.
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my logging truck will be pluged in for about four months straight while i am off work this winter.
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I have left mine plugged in for a week, and on a timer, so that its actually only warming it for 12 hours. And my bill wasnt that much more. so, it cant be much. all depends on the amps it pulls.

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well the heater draws 1000 watts so figure 10 hours @ 1000 watts is 10 kilowatts. whatever you get charged per kilowatt is what it would be for the day. could be around $30 to $40 bucks more a month.

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I can't give you any advice about your block heater but if you see a guy up there in RI in a black '06 Duramax with a fifth-wheel plate an Oklahoma tags, smoke him for me. A buddy of mine is working up there.
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