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I have two of these and neither will turn my lamp on. And the backing of the timers got really hot for the hour or so I had plugged in for testing. I can't return them to the store bec it has been too long. Now I am afraid to use either one of them bec of how hot they got! scary. I would worry about them causing a house fire while gone. There must be gadzillions of these out there..has there been any recalls I wonder.

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  • gshufy Mar 24, 2011

    Thanks a zil! I will check out the website. You've been very helpful.
    Kind Regards,

  • gshufy Mar 24, 2011

    Thanks a zil! I will check out the website. You've been very helpful.
    Kind Regards,



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If the timer is in the on position by turning the dial at the top and it still does not operate your lamp then throw it out.

Ive had 3 or 4 of these go bad on me at my work.And one that is 5 yrs old still working on a coffee pot.

If you feel uncomfortable by the heat its giving off then by all means unplug it and get rid of it.

There are better timers on the market.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011

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  • gshufy Mar 24, 2011

    Thanks mpcheeseman1! I had in the OFF position understanding that OFF means manual override off. I did not think it would affect the operation of the timer. It did work that way at one time but it has been a long time since I've used them. It is not only that I feel uncomfortable using them it is the issue of whether or not they are safe that concerns me. Does anyone know? Could the heating up just be normal for this model of timer?

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    mpcheesman1 Mar 24, 2011

    There is a minimum amparage and voltage maked on the timer.120volts 15 or 10 or 20 amps.So a nomal house lamp should be fine.

    I cant recall one getting hot on me,warm yes but not hot.

  • mpcheesman1
    mpcheesman1 Mar 24, 2011

    Here is a link to there website maybe some usefull info.

  • gshufy Mar 24, 2011

    Well, mpcheeseman that is good to hear your experience with them. I would have to say very warm, not actually too hot to touch. Makes me wonder if in several days the heat would be cumulative. Anyway, my dilemma is to chance the timer IF I can get them working, or just leave on several a small wattage lamps but that seems risky too.

  • mpcheesman1
    mpcheesman1 Mar 24, 2011

    ITs up too you.Good luck with what you decide.



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