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Old 04-23-2014, 09:46 PM   #1
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Heat strip in bedroom A/C

The A/C unit in my bedroom shows it can have a heat strip installed. Has anyone done it in theirs? Quite a few RVs ago I think I installed one on a A/C unit but don't remember what it took. I must be getting older by the day.
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The A/C unit in my bedroom shows it can have a heat strip installed. Has anyone done it in theirs? Quite a few RVs ago I think I installed one on a A/C unit but don't remember what it took. I must be getting older by the day.
I just removed one from my Dometic Duo-Therm. It is held in place with two screws and then it has a short cord that plugs into the provided location on the AC unit. Removing and re-installing the cover would be the hardest part.
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Old 04-24-2014, 10:01 PM   #3
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Why did you remove yours?
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Why did you remove yours?
I removed it because it was all rusty, from a leaking roof I just repaired. And it was starting to melt the control cover. Also, every once in awhile, it not paying attention. A person could turn on the AC and if you don't go two clicks you end up with the heat strip going. Not a good thing if you want AC right now.

They also use a lot of electricity and the rig I am talking about is my truck camper. Solar with AGM batteries and a Honda EU 3000 for back up.

Also if you don't use them fairly regular, mine at least put off and funky smell. The smell would go away after 5 or 10 minutes. Probably the rust.
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Thanks Arlan. The one that came stock on my Teton works just fine. Nothing I'm going to install right now as I have to many other tweeks I'm going.
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I purchased and installed the heat strip, easy enough install. I had to cut a little more of the prescored panel knock out to route the wire.

Question, does the thermo control on the unit control the heat? If not, is the only temp regulation to turn the heat on/off manually? It looks like there is a thermal sensor on the heat strip. Is that just over temp protection, or some sort of auto heat on/off?
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My heat strip was either on or off. I don't know if any are different from the one I had.
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