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Old 01-12-2019, 06:56 PM   #1
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Basement Heat Problems

Last trip had a problem with our basement heating system although we turned thermostat to electric heat it appeared to be running on Propane instead anyone had this problem, I'm thinking it maybe the thermostat that is not changing state probably dirty contacts will check that out first any Idea's would be appreciated I'm hoping I don't have to pull the basement heat pump unit to fix this. Thanks in advance for your idea's
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You need to add the year/make/model of your coach for better assistance. Also, what was the outside temp and what did you have the thermostat set for? In general, if the outside temp is near or below 40 the heat pump will automatically switch to propane. Other factors can also cause the change, such as the difference between the inside temp and the thermostat setting. Before you start pulling parts please give us more info. It could likely be that the heat pump is working exactly as it should.
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Old 01-13-2019, 08:48 PM   #3
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Last trip had a problem with our basement heating system although we turned thermostat to electric heat it appeared to be running on Propane instead anyone had this problem, I'm thinking it maybe the thermostat that is not changing state probably dirty contacts will check that out first any Idea's would be appreciated I'm hoping I don't have to pull the basement heat pump unit to fix this. Thanks in advance for your idea's
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If there is a large difference between the set point and the current temp, it is normal for the propane to fire.
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Old 01-13-2019, 09:15 PM   #4
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Yes please fill out your Signature so we can help you better.
Aslo what the others have stated: Your system is setup to use the Heat pump when placed in Electric only if the inside temp and the requested temp are within 5 degrees of each other. When yo first turn it on it will run the Heat Pump and if it does not get to temperature with in 5 minutes it will kick in the regular furnace to get the temperature up there and then it will attempt to maintain temp with the Heat Pump. But if it can't then it will run the regular heater to maintain temp. Also as stated, if the temp is too low the Heat Pump is inefficient and won't work anyway. You may even cause it to freeze up.
So please fill in the Signature and give us more data and if already solved then let us know what the fix was. Others would like to know.
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Old 01-14-2019, 05:39 PM   #5
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Hi guys you are amazing, I'll answer first post My coach is a Winnebago 33ft 2007 Voyage. We were camping in VA outside temps were around 30 degrees and a little lower some nights. Happens that my knowledge on how this heating system actually worked was obviously limited given it was one of my systems I hadn't had to repair or mess with always kept us warm and cozy. I never noticed before when I was on electric if in fact it switched to gas which obviously it did as my gas level diminished over two week period which now based on what you have told me was probably normal if that's the case I don't think I have a problem.
Any further advise on this system is always appreciated.

Thanks again and Happy New Year to all.
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We are just here to help. Also did you know that the Owners manual addresses this issue. If you don't have the Original Owners manual you can download all of the books, schematics, piping drawings and stuff from the Winnebago site. If you don't have it I recommend you get it because they help with repairs.
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Hi guys you are amazing, I'll answer first post My coach is a Winnebago 33ft 2007 Voyage. We were camping in VA outside temps were around 30 degrees and a little lower some nights. Happens that my knowledge on how this heating system actually worked was obviously limited given it was one of my systems I hadn't had to repair or mess with always kept us warm and cozy. I never noticed before when I was on electric if in fact it switched to gas which obviously it did as my gas level diminished over two week period which now based on what you have told me was probably normal if that's the case I don't think I have a problem.
Any further advise on this system is always appreciated.

Thanks again and Happy New Year to all.
That is normal operation for a basement air/heat unit. In fact, it states on my heat type selection switch "when inside temperature is 45 or less the LP furnace will run". The owners manual says when outside temperature is below approx. 40 the LP furnace will run instead of heat pump.


As to the inside delta, my heat pump will run regardless of setting difference, ie: both LP and heat pump run until indoor temp rises above 45, some others report theirs will not.
The most common cause of irratic thermostat operation is corroded terminals/connections on the back of the thermostat.
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