Tip of the Day – 6/22/2011

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Heaters will eventually fail on you. It is important to inspect them and prepare for heater malfunctions.  Consider using either a Ranco temperature control or an Aquacontroller to help monitor the temperature in the tank.  It’s a small investment that could possibly save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in livestock, as well as heartache.  Here are a few tips to help keep the heater running as long as possible.

  • Always run the heater at or above the min water line and it is not making contact with any objects in your tank or sump.
  • Instead of one heater, try splitting the load with 2 smaller heaters. This will give you more time to react if a heater malfunctions and gets stuck on.  Smaller heaters will cycle on and off less often.  This will lessen the chance of the heater getting stuck on.
  • Inspect your heater any chance you get.  Try to keep a spare available when possible.  This is very important during winter months.
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  • Tri-Fisher

    Hey there is a recall on the Stealth heater that you showed that failed, they replaced 7 of mine…no problem.

  • Jerad

    From what I have read, there is 3 ways that a heater normally fails. One is when it gets switched on and off too much (leading to it getting stuck on the ON position). Another is when it is always on. The work load is too much and end up leading to the heater being incapable of producing heat. The last is when people take the heater out of the water. It heats up and they freak out and put it in the water. The sudden change cracks the glass.

    I have to agree with you that the best way to ensure you do not have a problem is to have a controller.