Finnex Heaters are JUNK

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I’m sorry if you disagree but this is the 3rd Finnex heater to die dramatically on me and the 2nd to shock the crap out of me. Not one of them have been more than 2 years old.

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The company is based outside of Chicago in Elmhurst. There customer service is pretty good. Have you contacted them?
 

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Yikes! Heaters do seem to be the quality weak link all too often. Curious if the titanium tube in the finnex with the integrated controller is the same as the stand alone element?
 

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Replace heaters every year, problem solved.

This is the key. All heaters are junk doesn't matter what country or company they just suck. Look at the price of them compared to any other piece of equipment. I keep mine for 2 years then downgrade them to non essential usage ie QT tank, mixing tank if for some reason I needed to heat it ect. 2 years does feel a little too long but I haven't had one fail in a long time or one explode in an even longer time.
 

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I’m sorry if you disagree but this is the 3rd Finnex heater to die dramatically on me and the 2nd to shock the crap out of me. Not one of them have been more than 2 years old.

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All Heaters are a gamble to some degree.
I've had various degress of success and failures. Some lasting 10 years+.

But to avoid Shock and actually will trigger if your heater fails (water get's inside)..... an GFCI outlet with a Ground Probe solves that. (Problem is anything on the GFCI will also shut down).

For example, my heater was fine, but a Urchin bit thru the power cord. Same result.
 
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I haven't had any issues with Finnex. I consider them a quality company.

30% failure rate says otherwise and I’m not just talking stuck on/off. All 3 have failed in a matter that creates a shock hazard. I know heaters don’t last forever. but 3 out of 10 failing in < 2 years is not quality IMO.
 
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I've always used there titaniums that require a separate controller, and I have been very impressed with them. I've never had an issue. Quality heater in my book.
+1, the ones I usually see having problems are the ones that adjust their own temp, the stand alone titanium finnex are incredible.
 

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30% failure rate says otherwise and I’m not just talking stuck on/off. All 3 have failed in a matter that creates a shock hazard. I know heaters don’t last forever. but 3 out of 10 failing in < 2 years is not quality IMO.

Small sample size there. I've had 2 in 10 years. Not a problem.
 

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Seriously? Every year? We shouldn't support junk products.
Yes, every year, all heaters are junk and I would not trust thousands of dollars in live stock and SPS to a cheap $50-100 dollar heater. Mine will be replaced annually. Replacing them every year is cheap insurance.
 
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