ticking ballast

cbcostanza

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I was wondering if a ticking ballast means that it is about to blow! My aqua medic ocean light 250W MH ballast just started ticking, do you guys think it is time to put in an order for a new ballast? If so is anyone running the Ice cap MH 250W electronic ballast? How do you like it? It seems to have good reviews.

thanks,
Chris
 

84chris

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What do you mean by ticking. Buzzing is somewhat normal, but i have never heard ticking. Either way ice cap ballast are pretty damn good in my opinion.
 

shawnz28

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Is it possibly the fan in it? The older ones had a small fan to move air, maybe a wire touching the blades?
 

cbcostanza

New member
It's not a buzzing, I have had it for almost 2 years and it is definitely ticking. Thanks for the input on the Ice cap though.

I will take it apart and check the fan, thanks Shawnz28 for the tip.
 

itZme

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Chris, is it constantly ticking or could it just be doing it during heat up and cool down periods where there is expansion in the heatsink? My T5 lights make a loud click sound about 5 minutes after powering down and cooling off a bit but just once.
 
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