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Old 01-24-2008, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Block heater- Plug it in for 1hr or all night

New to the forum was wondering if i should leave my truck plugged in for 1hr or all night. Does it make a diffrence?
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New to the forum was wondering if i should leave my truck plugged in for 1hr or all night. Does it make a diffrence?
Depends on how cold it is. Most guys find a timer that'll handle 15amps & 1500 watts & set it for 3 hrs before they leave. That's pretty good down to minus #'s. Leaving it on over night is pretty much overkill & runs your electric bill up needlessly.

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I plug mine in for at least 3 hrs before I leave and up to about 5 hrs max with a hd timer. Usually when it is 20F or lower.
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I plug mine up when I come in for the night and unplug it when I leave the next morning. Do not notice the elect. bill going up?I like the ideal of the timer, might have to try
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I've done both, all night and timer... It's been below 0 overnight for the last 3 - 4 weeks where I live in Colorado so I use my block heater almost every night... The wife b*tched about the electric bill so I recently put it on a timer set to come on at 3:30 AM for a 6:30 AM starting time... Seems to work just as well as leaving it on all night and shouldn't have as much impact on the electric bill... The block heater uses a considerable amount of juice to operate apparantly...
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I use an Aube timer. It has an adjustable automatic photocell mode and an automatic temperature sensor mode. Plus all the manual and timer setttings.

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You will need 3 HRS for it to be effective. Don;t expect it to blow hot air out the vents though.
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I plug mine in whenever it's parked but it's much colder up here. The Marinco mod makes it much more convenient too
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IIRC, the block heater is 1500w, which is like running a hair dryer all the time, or 15 100w lightbulbs. Or 5 average home computers. 7 laptops. You get the idea.

We use a digital 5000w timer, set to come on 3 hours ahead of our leave time. My wife's van and the X get plugged in, and no problems with that set up.
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I have a 15 AMP dial type timer I bought from Home Depot for $20. I leave at 6 am so I have it turn on at 2am. I always plug it in. Warm up time is 5 minutes instead of 20 mins.
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Rare occurrence here last night - 4" of snow. Temp about 26f. Not plugged in, original batteries, got in turn it on, waited for the fuel pump to stop, turn it over & fired right up. 5 mins of shoveling snow off the window, & off we go. No romps, stumbles, grumbles or *****ing - 4wd all the way to work 35 miles up I-5 @ 45. No problem.
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I usually park my truck in the garage, but last night it had to sleep outside. It was -30C (-22F) overnight. I though this was a good time to test it. After plugged in 1 hour it didn't start. I probably could have cranked it longer and got it to start. After 2 hours it started right up and ran smooth. 2-3 hours is definately enough plug in time.
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Four hours whenever it drops below 0f (-18c or so) is my rule of thumb.
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I cant find mine ANYWHERE!! 06 f-350 any clues as to where the *$@%@(* it is LOL
removed my owners manual too and cant find it either, nothing like organization eh?
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I cant find mine ANYWHERE!! 06 f-350 any clues as to where the *$@%@(* it is LOL
removed my owners manual too and cant find it either, nothing like organization eh?
Look for the plug to be wire tyed just over and buried above the passenger side tow hook. If no luck there, crawl under the truck and look just above the starter at the block heater itself for a cord attached. If nothings there, then yours is one of the trucks that got delivered (depending on states deliveded to) without the cord. If you want one you will have to purchase it and install it yourself.
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