Testing

Question:

How can I test the function of my BoatSafe® heater?

Answer:

Spray Test

All BoatSafe® heaters can be tested using Freeze Mist Spray.

Press Test

Starting in 2008, BoatSafe® BSAT 750 Watt bilge heaters will have an additional press to test button so you now have two ignition-protected ways to check the function of your bilge heater.

For additional information, please see our owner’s manual.

Question:

Can I test my BoatSafe® heater by putting it in the freezer or outside on a cold day?

Answer:

Yes, you can. As long as the BoatSafe® heater has power and exposure to temperatures at or below 45 degrees Fahrenheit, it will begin to function and come up to power. The bilge heater should be warm to the touch but not hot in 10 minutes. Other boat bilge heaters can take as long as 30 to 45 minutes to activate.

Question:

Are your bilge heaters tested at the factory?

Answer:

Every bilge heater is tested for function before leaving the factory, and we place a mark on the bilge heater to certify it had passed inspection. We also batch check our thermometers and other components when they arrive at the factory to prevent any substandard parts from being introduced into our production process.

Question:

Has the BoatSafe® heater been lab tested for safety?

Answer:

BoatSafe® heaters have been extensively tested by IMANNA Laboratory, Inc., a respected marine testing lab, and we have passed or exceeded all relevant marine safety tests. BoatSafe Inc. has always followed the guidelines set forth by both marine and safety industries. Time is the best measure of a quality product, and we have set the benchmark for this. BoatSafe® bilge heaters have been tested and used successfully by tens of thousands of boaters since 1990. Please visit our Safety and Testing page for more information.

Question:

I have tested my BoatSafe® heater and it appears not to be functioning correctly. What should I do next?

Answer:

First, make certain you are testing your BoatSafe® heater function correctly. Next, make sure you are optimizing your bilge heater’s function. If you are still experiencing problems, BoatSafe, Inc. will simply send you a new heater if you are within the one-year warranty period. If your bilge heater malfunctions beyond the one-year warranty, BoatSafe, Inc. will repair your bilge heater for a nominal shop fee and will include insured return shipping according to our written lifetime service guarantee. As always, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Simply call us at 1-888-BOATSAFE.

Warranty and Service:

Download Limited Warranty Card PDF (219 KB)

Download Lifetime Service Guarantee PDF (121 KB)