Does this heater turn itself off and on with the ambient temperature? Or, should we consider also purchasing a plug with a thermostat?
You do not need to purchase a plug with a thermostat. Our Ultimate Bucket Heater is thermostatically controlled to keep the average water temperature just above freezing. They feature internal thermostats and will turn on and off as necessary to prevent the tank water from freezing.
Would it be ok to plug in this bucket heater with the water still frozen inside? Or could this action cause damage?
The Ultimate Bucket Heater is only designed to be plugged in when it is submerged in water. Never plug the unit in unless the heating element is completely submerged in water. Otherwise, the unit will be damaged.
How long is the cord?
The cord is 5.5 feet long.
Can I use an extension cord with this product?
MET requires that all manufacturers put the extension cord statement “Do not use with extension cord” on every item that is MET listed by UL 499 standards. This is because they cannot test every extension cord on the market in conjunction with our products for safety. Also, MET suggests that an extension cord is not recommended as a permanent fixture and should only be a temporary solution when using any electrical product.
For more information on MET safety testing, please visit their website at www.metlabs.com.
How long can a heated product be plugged in?
MET Safety Laboratories suggests unplugging the product if you leave your home on an extended vacation, as they do with any electrical appliance. Otherwise, it is designed for 24/7 operation and you can leave it plugged in all day. This item has been certified by MET labs to adhere to strict electrical safety standards. For more information, please visit www.metlabs.com.
Is there an off/on switch?
There is not an off/on switch. It is always on when plugged in.