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Block Heater Questions......

Are there any problems with leaving my truck plugged in for long periods of time?

I'm talkin like from say Friday night after work to maybe Sunday...or even when I get home at 4pm to when I leave the next morning at 6am?

I live in an apartment so electricity consumption is not an issue.


It's a 2002 F350 superduty, 7.3L 6spd with the standard add ons of chip, exhaust, filter.....ect....



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I would assume it would shorten the life expectancy of the heater.
Other than that :shrug:

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no problems at all.....mine has been left plugged in for days at a time before.




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Other then wasting power and wearing it out quicker, there is no issues. I think the cost of a 1700watt timer is about $30 at home depot... a lot cheaper then the 100 the dealer will nail you on for a new heater...

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Thanks Guys!


One more question:

How long does the heater need to be plugged in to be effective at say 30 degrees, and also at 0 degrees?


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Someone can and please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe through discussions that have taken place on this issue before, that 2-3 hours is all that is required to efficiently warm up the block before start up. I know that's what i do, I use a timer set to come on at 3:00 am so it's ready to go at 6:30 am when i leave the house. Hope this helps ya, Gene. :mafia

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Someone can and please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe through discussions that have taken place on this issue before, that 2-3 hours is all that is required to efficiently warm up the block before start up. I know that's what i do, I use a timer set to come on at 3:00 am so it's ready to go at 6:30 am when i leave the house. Hope this helps ya, Gene. :mafia

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fully agreed Gene...mine is now on for like 3 hours, and it starts just fine!!!!!




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One more question:

How long does the heater need to be plugged in to be effective at say 30 degrees, and also at 0 degrees?


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If you are talking the Ford PSD freeze plug block heater - based on my last year in AK with a 95 Powerstroke (I think it is a 1,000 watt resistance coil embedded in a freeze plug) , three to four hours should be good to a little below 0 Farenheit. Regardless of Ford's claim you don't need to use the block heater till whatever - 20 F, 0 F - it definitely assures a faster start & warm up. Now when it gets cold, say 30 - 40 below F, all night is a good thing. The radiator hose input line 1800 watt aftermarket heater we added to my wifes mushmobile gasser definitely cranked all 1800 watts into the water, circulated it, heated the block and provided instant heat/defrost after just 3 hours on a timer. If below zero is a regular thing then adding heated battery blankets is also a good idea. BTW - has anyone ever really wirn out a freeze plug factory block heater ?

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Thanks Guys!


One more question:

How long does the heater need to be plugged in to be effective at say 30 degrees, and also at 0 degrees?


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Hello:

If you are talking the Ford PSD freeze plug block heater - based on my last year in AK with a 95 Powerstroke (I think it is a 1,000 watt resistance coil embedded in a freeze plug) , three to four hours should be good to a little below 0 Farenheit. Regardless of Ford's claim you don't need to use the block heater till whatever - 20 F, 0 F - it definitely assures a faster start & warm up even in the mid 20s. Now when it gets cold, say 30 - 40 below F, all night is a good thing. The radiator hose input line 1800 watt aftermarket heater we added to my wife's mushmobile gasser definitely cranked all 1800 watts into the water, circulated it, heated the block and provided instant heat/defrost after just 3 hours on a timer. If much below zero is a regular thing then adding heated battery blankets is also a good idea. BTW - has anyone ever really worn out a freeze plug factory block heater ?

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A 15amp timer from harbor freight will pay for itself in one or two nights from just running 2-3 hours before you plan to leave.

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