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Warming up a cold amp

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by RSNG, Dec 7, 2013.

  1. RSNG


    Sep 6, 2010
    My SVT3PRO and 4x10HLF are living in my van right now. It's been getting down below zero at night, and in the single digits during the day. I've always let my gear warm up a bit before turning it on.

    But, I'm wondering, can it actually damage an amp to turn it on if it's still really cold?
  2. David Hayes

    David Hayes Guest

    Yes. When things get cold and then instantly heat up it can cause moisture. ALWAYS warm amps to room temperature before turning them on. Electronics 101.
  3. Yeah, warm it up to room temp.

    FWIW: My personal rule is - if the room/environment is to hot or cold for me to be comfortable, then its to hot or cold for my equipment too.

    TIP: Electronics and condensation don't play well together.
  4. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    Agreed. Especially allow your cabinet to warm up properly. If the surrounds are really cold they can crack ruining the drivers.
  5. RSNG


    Sep 6, 2010
    Thanks, guys. Fortunately, I've never had a problem with this, but I'm going to be much more careful from now on.
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  7. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    It never hurts while warming up an amp up to room temperature to blow a fan into it to circulate the air and dispel any condensation.
  8. Condensation is caused when cold thing is brought into a warm humid place. If it's really so tough as to cause dew in your amp you probably cause more of it by letting it sit rather than cranking it up right away. Firing a gentle hairdryer through it for a couple of minutes would be in order if it's that extreme, but who does that? Makes me think it's a non problem.