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Old 09-11-2013, 06:37 PM   #1
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Timer making a whirring noise.


Hi everyone,

I have a dual plug timer on my new 10 g riparium set up which is in the living room. Yesterday I noticed the timer is making a pretty loud and annoying whirring sound as it operates. I have never noticed this before. I am wondering if I just did not notice before or if it just did not make the noise before. Is this an issue due to the quality of the timer? I took the less expensive dual plug one at Home Depot. Even then it was not THAT cheap.
Or maybe this is my timer about to explode?
Might look to invest in a digital one if this mechanical one continues making so much noise.
Anyone know anything about this ?
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Old 09-11-2013, 07:47 PM   #2
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How old? Mechanical things wear out.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:39 PM   #3
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You may have not noticed it first, and now that you did, you can't "unhear" it. Some of my mechanical timers are relatively loud. Digital ones are quiet!
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i've never had timers make a whirring sound--just the ticking of the timing mechanism. they work fine, just a bit noisy on a quiet evening.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:18 PM   #5
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I set up the riparium this summer. So its not more thatn 2 months old.

The timer I have on my 33g is in my bedroom and I never noticed it in its 4 years of use.

I'm inclined to believe I just have a crappy timer
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Old 09-12-2013, 07:29 PM   #6
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Is it one of these? I have one and it makes a whirring noise, too, and has from the day I bought it. It works, just makes a little noise.

http://www.petco.com/product/102877/...t=OnSiteSearch
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Its this guy :
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-1...7#.UjNCG9Jg_j4
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they will make a noise as it is essentially a clock that works a relay. The first time you hear it, it is all over as you will key into the sound in a quiet room.
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