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Old 11-14-2014, 03:25 PM   #11
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My heat pump locks out (stops working) at 30 degrees outside air temps. I use the furnace and electric heat when the forecast is below 35...
that is the nature of a heat pump.
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:48 PM   #12
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that is the nature of a heat pump.
Yep, just throwing this out there for folks trying to prevent freeze-ups in their rigs...
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:54 PM   #13
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So if the heat pump stops working around freezing. Then do you just turn the furnace on instead? I would think with the Solera's relatively small propane tank it would only be good for a couple of nights before you'd run out of propane. I could add an extend a stay and use 5 gal. propane bottles but at that rate maybe just easier to add the RV antifreeze to the lines and be done with it. I realize here in the south it doesn't freeze too often but I just don't want to damage any equipment.


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Old 11-14-2014, 04:05 PM   #14
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I use a small 750 watt electric heater and set my furnace at 60 degrees when I'm not winterized and expecting temps below 32. The electric will ease the propane use a bit.
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Old 11-14-2014, 04:15 PM   #15
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It is also a lot about the "Mass". Keeping the temp at 60 for example will keep enough radiant heat to prevent freezing for quit sometime if the heat pump stops working. If there is going to be extended below freezing temps then some form of auxiliary heat would be prudent. Extended temps below freezing is rare in North Florida and LA.

The info below is from the operators manual.
AUX. HEATWhen in the
HEAT PUMP
mode, if the outside ambient temperature
is measured to be below 30F and the vehicle is equipped with a
furnace connected to the Comfort Control Center, the control will
automatically select the
FURNACE
operation and the
HEAT PUMP
will shut down.
Important:
If vehicle is not equipped with a furnace no heat
will be available below 30F. IF vehicle is equipped with a
furnace and it is connected to its own thermostat, it must be
manually turned ON and OFF for operation.
When this happens, the
AUX. HEAT
and the
HEAT
PUMP
indicators
on the LCD will illuminate. Once the outside ambient temperature is
measured above 38F, the control will return to the
HEAT PUMP
operation and shut down the furnace if it is connected to the Comfort
Control Center. If furnace is not connected to the Comfort Control
Center, the furnace thermostat must be manually turned off.
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