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Old 09-06-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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Regularly replace heaters?


or if it is not broke don't fix it?

I hear horror stories all the time about heaters blowing out in tanks causing disasters.

I have had my heater for like 4 years now and part of me wonders if I should get a new one.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:33 PM   #2
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New one every year for me.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:01 PM   #3
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yea I think I will. maybe get one of those eheim jager heaters or whatever they are called, I hear they are pretty top of the line.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:26 PM   #4
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Id guess 95% of experienced jager users have some that are 5-10 years old easy

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:43 PM   #5
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I have two Jagers that are easily 10 years old and still working fine. If you're afraid of your heater blowing up, get a stainless steel or titanium heater.
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Old 09-06-2012, 11:39 PM   #6
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I have two Jagers that are easily 10 years old and still working fine. If you're afraid of your heater blowing up, get a stainless steel or titanium heater.
+1 the jagers are good, not what they used to be but still good heater better than most, i am pleased with the fluvals so far they are submersable even though it is worded like sht. read on it and tested it befor had to confirm. but i do love the titaniums there just the best imo but cost a bit more.

no need to replace heaters unless there crap and u prob shouldnt be using them anyway if there known to be faulty.
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Old 09-07-2012, 03:17 AM   #7
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I usually just try to catch some on sale. That way I have extra, for when one goes bad. Sometimes they last six months. Sometimes, they last years.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:30 PM   #8
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I'm still using some heaters that are older than my college aged kids. ;-)
These have electronic circuits, not contacts.

Back in the olden days, we took heaters apart and lightly filed down the contacts so they were flat or built them back up with solder if they weren't. Of course we had no choice.
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Old 09-08-2012, 04:54 AM   #9
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I have the new Eheim Jagers. Took some time calibrating but once they were set, everything ran very swimmingly
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Old 09-08-2012, 08:28 AM   #10
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The jagers are the best imo, you can do large water changes, partially exposing them to nothing but air, and Ive never had any issues.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:51 AM   #11
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I have the new Eheim Jagers. Took some time calibrating but once they were set, everything ran very swimmingly
same here, calibration is a must. Mine is running smoothly for a year now.
remember not to oversize the wattage incase it fails and stays on, which will cook your tank.
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Old 09-15-2012, 02:11 AM   #12
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same here, calibration is a must. Mine is running smoothly for a year now.
remember not to oversize the wattage incase it fails and stays on, which will cook your tank.
Eheims are so good i always do recommended size or less and they maintain like a champ. ( note :House temps are always between 60-80F)

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