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Old 01-23-2015, 09:20 PM   #1
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Tank warmer turned on an empty tank

I'm hoping we didn't mess up, the tank warmer for our fresh water tank was on for 13 hours while the tank was empty. Could we have a problem, like a melted fresh water tank? Any advise will be appreciated.


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Old 01-24-2015, 03:31 AM   #2
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I think someone said on here they are thermostat controlled and come on at 40 degrees....we know when they are on by the amps flowing into our 5 er....on the surge gard
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:17 AM   #3
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I don't believe there's any way that the heater could/would melt the water tank, those tanks are very heavy duty. If anything, you would blow a fuse or burnout the heating element. Personally, I wouldn't worry about it, just test it out to be sure it's still working the next chance you get.
Now, if it had been your hot water heater, be ready to replace the heating element!
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Old 01-24-2015, 06:38 AM   #4
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Should be temperature controlled. On when near freezing and off above 40 or so. They don't get that hot to begin with.
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Old 01-24-2015, 10:11 AM   #5
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I read somewhere on at 44 and off at 64. So no damage.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:19 PM   #6
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I just had tank warmers added to my 2015 sierra by the dealer that sold me the unit. But they told me that the tank warmers come on when you turn on the switch and that there is not a thermostat control for them. I thought that they should be temperature controlled but not according to the dealer. The units were supposed to be the same unit that you can order from the factory. Does anyone know if I can possible add a thermostat control to them. Thanks,
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:34 PM   #7
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Dakota, I read that the 120 volt heating pads are not thermostatically controlled, but the 12 volt pads are.


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Old 01-24-2015, 02:38 PM   #8
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Thanks for the reply but the dealer told me before I ordered these units that they were 12 volt dc pads. That is why I thought that they were thermostat controlled. But I guess that I was wrong.
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Old 01-24-2015, 02:43 PM   #9
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Odd, the 12v units I've looked at all had a built in stat.


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Old 01-24-2015, 02:51 PM   #10
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I would love to be able to check these units out but to do that I would have to take the underbelly cover down and I would rather not do that. When I turn the switch on I hear the inverter kick in which should mean that the pads are working and that they are 12 volt DC. The outside temperature was above 60 when I tried it. I also spoke to the techs that installed them and they said that they were not thermostat units. So I am confused too at this point.
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