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#1 OFFLINE   Spartyof83

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 09:20 AM

Has anyone ordered one of these for their Energi? I am curious what the value is of having this on this particular vehicle? Anyone have any experience with this?










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#2 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:07 AM

Attached File  250watt OPH.jpg.JPG   103.76KB   0 downloads  I installed a FORD Block Heater and it worked great until it started leaking a year or two later. It is almost impossible to install, not enough room to get your hand in here to screw it in. Instead I use two stick on oil pan heaters which are easy to install and work almost as good. :)

 

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#3 OFFLINE   Spartyof83

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 11:35 AM

I am wondering if the factory installed block heaters will have this issue? Sounds like yours was bought from Ford as an aftermarket part, no?



#4 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 04:01 PM

No, this one was for a bunch of 4 cyl FORDS , the silicon rubber could hold the pressure after awhile.  It took hours to install the first time, my hands where beat up badly and it wasn't much easier to uninstall it. Oil pans heaters are easy to install and cheaper.

 

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#5 OFFLINE   RickEnergi

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 04:23 AM

Has anyone ordered one of these for their Energi? I am curious what the value is of having this on this particular vehicle? Anyone have any experience with this?

 

The value is to warm the coolant in the ICE so that in a cold environment the ICE warms up quicker.  Therefore, it should run less when the vehicle is first used on a cold day, and provide heat sooner.  It uses 0.4 to 1.0 kwh per hour, and shouldn't be run more than 3 hours (just wastes electricity). So you can take that usage and calculate your cost of using it and then determine if you think it's worth that much in gas for the benefit it may provide.  For example, IF in the morning your ICE ran for 10 minutes to warm up before shutting off, and that used 0.5 gallons of gas, and gas was $2.00 a gallon, that cost you $1.00.  If the electricity is $0.10 per kwh, and you use 3, that's $0.30.  Therefore it would be worth running.  Numbers are just made up, but you get the idea.

 

When it gets colder here (mid 20s in morning now, car is in garage that's likely mid-30s now), I will experiment with it.



#6 OFFLINE   Timewellspent

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 07:18 AM

My 2015 came with it factory installed.  I have used it a couple times when the temps were very cold.  It does help the car provide you with heat sooner when you start to drive.


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#7 OFFLINE   RickEnergi

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:54 AM

Mine was factory installed also (Wisconsin car, dealer traded to Michigan where it's not standard).  Have not used it yet.



#8 OFFLINE   ptjones

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 11:03 AM

I use mine all year long having an CMAX Hybrid and it increases WT about 35*F over OT, I agree leaving it on for more than 3 hours is a waist of money, it also improves MPG's on short trips too.  Maybe if it was 0*F outside when you got home you might want to leave it on all night.  For me I think it costs 4 cents an hour to run mine.  It might be interesting to run a safe electric heater inside the car when it gets really cold.

 

Paul










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