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 12-12-1999, 00:00 Post: 10957
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 Block heaters on a timer

I plan on hooking up my tractor to a block heater with a timer for the winter. Since I will be useing it for snow removel the tractor will be on standby more then in use. could this cause condensation problems if the heater is on for 3 hours in the morning and 3 hours at night?






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 12-13-1999, 00:00 Post: 10964
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Face the same thing myself. Maybe somebody will tell me if I'm wrong, but I
don't think condensation on engine parts is a problem if the tractor is used
periodically. The condensation concerns usually heard are about the fuel.
As I understand, keeping the tank full is good, and so are fuel conditioners--especially if it's a disel engine.

Myself, I plan to keep track of the weather forecasts and turn on the heaters
3-4 hours before I expect to use the tractor. I guess a timer might be helpful
if a heavy snow is expected overnight.

If condensation in the engine is a concern, I expect that heating may reduce, rather than increase, condensation (I could be wrong here). But, here's some
reasoning. If the heater is sufficient to keep engine parts above dew pointIf engine parts drop below dew point, a larger ammount of condensation won't happen because the heater was on.

Using two heating cycles a day won;t make much difference. On many days, the early morning dew point will have dropped to the atmospheric temperature (the dew point lowers as condensation occurs). As a typical day warms up after sun rise, the temperature raises above dew point. Condensation won't occur if heaters are turned on in the morning for a few hours, and the engine then cools down to a temperature which is above dew point.






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 12-13-1999, 00:00 Post: 10967
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 Block-heaters-on-a-timer

I do the same thing with a timer on my 755. I never had any problems with any thing.It's sure is nice to check oil & the engine is warm! It starts like summer time.Warm up is a few minites not 30.
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