04-04-2013, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Chesherca
I've never had this happen to me, but I don't have this brand of heater, either.
Did you double-check your suction cups? I've found that on my heaters if the suction cup clip slides over the heating element, it will start to make odd ticking noises. Perhaps that has something to do with it?
If not. . .
Though it *may* be normal (according to whom?) for you to be able to see something happening in the heater (I never have, brand thing?), I wouldn't trust the fact that you can hear a noise (aside from the click of the heater kicking on). We both know I'm the nervy type, anyway, but . . . better safe than sorry IS a good plan! Heaters REALLY make me nervous. I've read too many stories. . .
I'd contact the manufacturer for a replacement, if possible. I'm sorry! Electronics under water just scare me! . . . Hopefully someone with more experience with this brand can help!
Yeah I did, and I also did a little experiment. When I turned my night light on, the noise stopped. When I turned it off it started. So it seems it's the fish making that noise as they sometimes try to go between the wall and the heater. At night these fish are totally blind. With no light they can sometimes bump into things.
That said I bounced around to a few places online and several people said that there is a heating element connected to the pilot light. So when the light goes on, the element goes on and that then in turn heats the coils. In heaters like the all glass ones, it can end up glowing orange when there isn't anything to cover it up from being seen.
I'm going to try to track down the manufacter's number to double check if this is true. I ended up turning the thing back on last night, as the temp outside had dipped to 30 degrees. It has not been that cold in my room since the tank start up, so it's very likely that heater was working hard to maintain in a really cold room.
Originally Posted by JDM
I would expect that is normal for any "on/off" heating element. You just notice it more in the dark. I'm assuming that it is a glass tube heater.
Check with the manufacturer but I wouldn't go looking for a replacement just because of that unless they think it might be a problem as well.
Yeah, it kind of makes sense. This is one of those heaters that is all glass. It has the coil thing that takes up most of it's insides and the glowing shimmering orange only happens when it turns on to start heating the coils. It was as I said above really unusually cold in my room last night which might explain how bright the thing was. It was working hard? Maybe? I'll still try to call the manufacturer to double check on things. Goodness knows I don't want to deal with a heater malfunction right now. These animals are too happy in their new digs.