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Old 03-04-2013, 09:18 AM   #1
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I have an 05 winnebago Vectra and was out this weekend it got a little cold so we put on the electric heater on and as it got colder in the night the propane heat would start to work with the electric even though the thermostate was set to electric . Is this normal because the tempature was getting colder ?
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Is "electric heater" the heat pump (heat via air conditioning system)? If so, it is normal for the thermostat to activate the LP furnace if the heat pump cannot satisfy the heating needs. Typically if the room temperature is 5 or more degrees from the "set" temperature, the furnace will kick in to help out.

Heat pumps do not generate much heat below about 40 degrees and may even freeze up f run at low outside temperatures. Some models automatically shut down the compressor if it is too cold outside.
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Hi Denny1949,
What Gary posted is how my HVAC system works. In addition to what he posted, you might hear the compressor running but not receiving heat. This is when it is cold outside and the system has gone into defrost mode. It might last 10 to 15 minutes. It is an unusual sound. If this happens, do not turn the system off, it is best to let the system go through its cold weather gyrations.
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