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I was reading on the package insert for my new de-icer to never let minerals build up more than 1/32" on the heating element because it can rupture. Sure enough, before I could get my trough heater replaced that's what apparently happened with wires protruding out from the element into the water. I haven't replaced the outlet to a GFI yet but the thing just shut off with no shock to the water when I found it. Either this is pretty scary or I'm a paranoid new horse property owner. [cornfused
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Originally posted by LindaOz

I was reading on the package insert for my new de-icer to never let minerals build up more than 1/32" on the heating element because it can rupture. Sure enough, before I could get my trough heater replaced that's what apparently happened with wires protruding out from the element into the water. I haven't replaced the outlet to a GFI yet but the thing just shut off with no shock to the water when I found it. Either this is pretty scary or I'm a paranoid new horse property owner. [confused



There may be a possibility of some internal circuitry to cut of the power when the element broke but I doubt it. My guess is that it shut down because the circuit was broken when the heater element broke. It is possible, depending upon the wiring and ground circuit that a short to ground was created through the water and tripped the breaker but I think you are a very lucky lady that there were no fatalities when the broken element was exposed to the water.

YOU really should get a GFI outlet or a CFI cord for MY piece of mind.[:I]
Hook,
I have a guy doing the GFI today. I didn't know about the elements rupturing until after this happened and I read about that in the new de-icer manual. All I had been concerned with was a horse biting into the cord, so I ran it through piping so that couldn't happen. Thought we were safe for the time being, but I certainly was wrong on that one!
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Originally posted by LindaOz

Hook,
I have a guy doing the GFI today. I didn't know about the elements rupturing until after this happened and I read about that in the new de-icer manual. All I had been concerned with was a horse biting into the cord, so I ran it through piping so that couldn't happen. Thought we were safe for the time being, but I certainly was wrong on that one!



Thank you Linda. You don't know how relieved and pleased I am.
Happy to hear that you are having it replaced and a GFI put in. Also happy to hear that no one was hurt.
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[i]Originally posted by Hook
Thank you Linda. You don't know how relieved and pleased I am.



Thanks Hook. I'm so grateful for all the info provided for this new horse property owner! Couldn't do it without you guys!

Linda