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Old 05-02-2004, 01:02 PM   #1
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My filter is hot to the touch... is this normal?

The power supply segment of my filter is really hot when I touch it. I have an Economy Whisper filter. Is this okay? I adjusted the tube earlier, and ever since then, my filter's been making clicking noises. I unplugged my filter for a little bit. I'm going to see if that helps. Is my filter just a piece of junk or what?

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Old 05-02-2004, 02:10 PM   #2
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Whispers do not have the best reputation. I have one on my QT tank and it works okay. It should not be hot to the touch. For a quality replacement that is inexpensive, go with an AquaClear.
What size tank is it? How are the fish doing?

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Old 05-02-2004, 02:15 PM   #3
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The only time my filters get hot is when the water does not flow up the lifter properly. The clicking may be comming from the impeller which would restrict water flow. The flow of water does actually work as a cooler for the impeller area on the filter. Try making sure the lifter tube is fully seated on the impeller. This reduces any friction that may create heat.
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Agreed with fish_doc.

Personally what I would do is take it out, completely take it apart and clean it all. Your impellar might just be so gunked up that it's not spinning freely, thus causing the clicking, and the strain on the power supply.

Hope that helps! The whispers do come apart pretty easily, and all the different parts come out. You will need a filter scrub brush though. The kind with the long bendable tube/spring to get into tight areas where your fingers will never fit.

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