I keep all the manuals for everything in the house in a large storage bin. Every time I sell something, I dig it out to include it. Once a year I usually go through it and toss ones for things I don't have anymore but forgot to pull out. The only manuals not in this bin are my aquarium equipment.CarrieFisher said:First, let me preface this by saying that I'm an enormous amount of nerd...
Second, I have a binder and I use those plastic sheet protector inserts.
I cut the face off of the box, and the upc, I put them into the page protectors with the receipt, manual, and warranty info.
50% OCD organizing freak
The warranty period is calculated based on a minimum number of repairs falling into the window to minimize costs. It is just long enough to keep everyone happy with a few repairs, but not so long the company loses money repairing all their units. The length of the warranty can tell you how well they expect their product to last. (Accounting student here.)NavigatorBlack said:It's funny, but I have never returned a piece of aquarium equipment. It always lasts a few days past the end of the warranty anyway, and shipping it back generally costs as much as replacing it.
If a filter or heater fails, you need a new one fast.
I had an Aquaclear HOB run for 17 years straight, 24/7. I have several others well beyond 12, and chugging. Ebo Jaeger heaters are good for 5 years, although I have one 100 watt running accurately 22 years on. The thing amazes me.
I have Chinese no name HOBs on a number of tanks - a bankrupt local store sold them as a house brand. They are rated for 30 gallon tanks, and I run them on 20 gallons, For $20 each, they have now given me 5 years, and one has failed out of 10 bought. That was after a power blackout. I'll go cheap on filters, but heaters? Never.
I don't use heaters much, but they are really the only part of the system I'd consider keeping the box for, as they are the weak link.