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Old 10-11-2019, 06:04 PM   #1
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Heater operation - Electric / Gas

We have a 2018 Raptor 428SP. This unit has 3 ACs and one controller. When you scroll thru to turn off the AC and turn on the heat there is option to select gas or electric. At first I thought awesome ... I can save my propane. Tonight I turned the unit on and selected electric. A short time later the flame symbol popped up and the gas furnace kicked on. The overhead units also come on at the same time. Plenty of heat come out of the floor but cooler / cool air come out of the overheat units. No heat ever come out even though electric was selected. The garage is still running and no heat.

If there is a selection for electric why does the gas furnace come on? If there is a selection for electric doesnít that mean the overheads should produce heat or is a heat strip needed? Or is that supposed to be a heat pump? Someone suggested these had heat pumps but I donít think so.

Any help understanding how these systems work is appreciated.
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Old 10-11-2019, 06:32 PM   #2
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I believe that's for an electric heat strip that may, or may not be installed. I've read several posts where the heat strip was found installed but not plugged in. Remove the unit return air grill to find out. I think the LP furnace came on due to the absence of an increase in Temps.
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Old 10-11-2019, 06:54 PM   #3
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Iím betting you either donít have the heat strip option installed or itís not hooked up....

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Old 10-11-2019, 06:59 PM   #4
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I believe that's for an electric heat strip that may, or may not be installed. I've read several posts where the heat strip was found installed but not plugged in. Remove the unit return air grill to find out. I think the LP furnace came on due to the absence of an increase in Temps.
Thanks. Looks like mine does not have them installed. Looked in two of the three and saw yellow sticker that said install optional heat strip here. Are they worth the money? We had an AC years ago with optional heat installed and it worked great. Much smaller unit though.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:11 PM   #5
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Iím betting you either donít have the heat strip option installed or itís not hooked up....

https://www.trekwood.com/products/11...t-For-8330E635
It does not appear to have a heat strip installed. So the next question is ......is there any chance I have a heat pump? How do I tell if my ac unit is also a heat pump? Like I said no heat is coming out of the three units. Surely there is some way to tell if it is supposed to even in absence of the strip.
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Old 10-11-2019, 07:24 PM   #6
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Heater operation - Electric / Gas

If your AC is a heat pump or has a heat strip, and you ask for a 5 degree rise or more the AC will run in either reverse (heat pump) or activate the heat trip AND the furnace will ignite to ďassistĒ.

Itís designed that way, the AC is only meant to ďmaintainĒ the temp not heat the trailer.

If you know the model number of the AC unit, it will tell you if it has the reversing valve to operate as a heat pump, and they donít blow that hot. And are about useless below I think 40 degrees ambient.
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