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Old 05-14-2005, 08:40 PM   #1
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i bought a emperor power filter 280 and when i was changing the water
the filter caught on fire.
why would this be?
heater is oppisite corner
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Old 05-14-2005, 08:57 PM   #2
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did you unplug the filter durring the water change... did you run the filter dry?
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Old 05-14-2005, 09:06 PM   #3
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did you unplug the filter durring the water change... did you run the filter dry?
i didnt change the water i just removed some plants
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well either way the filter was probably running dry. you have to fill the box with water first to start the suction or else that happens. i forgot that my powerhead was going when i was changing the water once but it only ran dry for a minute. i looked inside and the metal was slightly burnt but not very much. be careful :|
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Old 05-14-2005, 11:05 PM   #5
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Wow, I've never even heard of that.
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Have you seen the "far-side" comic with two goldfish on the carpet staring at their bowl which is on fire? The one says to the other, "we escaped the fire, but now we are equally screwed."

You know catching an aquarium on fire could make quite a story! 8)

My personal guess is that even if the filter ran dry, (which I don't think it could - not a HOB, at least) it would not start on fire. A dry power filter would simply not turn, or maybe grind a little, but would not spin so fast is started a fire. I'm guessing that the electronics inside shorted out, causing a fire. Perhaps due to a defect in the keep-water-out seal.
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Old 05-15-2005, 04:58 AM   #7
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it still turns very fast when run dry. you plug it in and it goes. whether or not you have water to keep it cool is something else. the only thing on the impeller itself that could catch on fire is the rubber but other than that maybe the filter pad somehow caught on fire? THE IMPELLER WILL TURN WITHOUT WATER IF PLUGGED IN.
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I've smoked a heater by leaving it pluged in during a water change but never seen a filter catch fire.

Good thing it wasnt near curtains or something.
I know we have to be careful of floods but now fire too?
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Ive never seen one catch on fire either.. I was just assuiming that the heat generated from the thing running dry could have caused a eletrical short in the motor housing and caught it on fire.. That could be defective wiring or electrical parts but that is what testing is for.. Im guessing if it was some how tampered with this could happen... 8O
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