In case you haven't heard, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently ordered the recall Marineland's Stealth series of heaters.
The Stealth heaters are pretty easy to identify... they are black plastic.
I've heard from hobbyists that have had heaters explode and cause damage to tanks. The plastic sheath of the heater will distort and crack allowing water to come into contact rapidly with the heating element. In my case, a "zit" appeared on the side of the heater and when I put my hand in the water I received a shock.
I had four, 25 watt Stealth heaters to exchange.
Fortunately, the exchange process is pretty easy.
Last week, I called Marineland at 800-338-4896. You'll need to know the model number of the heaters and the wattage of the heaters. You can find the model numbers in the official Marineland Recall Notice.
The call took about ten minutes and the agent on the line was very pleasant.
I was very pleased to yesterday when I received four, brand new Visitherm glass heaters which are definitely superior.