Heater plugged in without water

LinasPlantLife

I’m in the middle of a tank move. I had drained almost all of the water. While plugging back in my tv cords, I had plugged in the heater without realizing. I started to smell burning, realized what had happened and unplugged it, but now the smell is everywhere. Luckily, the heater didn’t seem to have shattered, but now do I have to replace it in case it is now damaged? What should I do? Is it safe to even put back the water and my snail and frog back with the smell?
 

Cherryshrimp420

What kind of heater? And unfortunately yes they damage very easily if out of water
 

LinasPlantLife

What kind of heater? And unfortunately yes they damage very easily if out of water
It’s this kind. Okay, I’ll get another. Guess this was bound to happen eventually *sigh*
 

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Cherryshrimp420

If it's not a fully submerged heater than you can still use it if it's not broken
 

Noroomforshoe

If it smelled like burning, throw it out! Sorry, it happens!.
 

Redshark1

The heater is now toast (broken). You need a new one. This happens to all of us at some point. Just make things as safe as you can to minimise accidents.
 

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