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Old 07-14-2014, 02:35 PM
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I've often pondered the necessity of unplugging heaters during water changes. Sometimes there's a decent amount of heater out of the water. I'm sure that can't be good.
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one smoke test after an aggressive water change
will teach you to keep the heater on the same circuit
as your pumps
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Old 07-14-2014, 04:58 PM
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I've often pondered the necessity of unplugging heaters during water changes. Sometimes there's a decent amount of heater out of the water. I'm sure that can't be good.
Without GFCI, if you bust that heater (which I have done), it could be fatal for you The GFCI will trip, cutting power in those situations.

You should NEVER stick your hand in water where something that uses electricity is energized (without GFCI protection) and many would contend you should go the extra step of unplugging them too.
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I have each tank on power strips or surge protectors so I can flip a single switch (or press a button) to shut everything off during water changes, then flip it back to turn them on. Except tank lights on a separate outlet so I can leave them on to see what I'm doing.

Cured me from forgetting to unplug heaters or plug them back... after figuring out that neighborhood of a 30% water change doesn't bother my heaters much if they're on, but they don't like too many 60-80% water changes.
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