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Old 08-09-2005, 05:07 PM   #1
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the thermostat on my 2000 Itasca Suncruiser has a switch on the right side that is marked as electric heat????? Does my furnace operate on LP gas and/or 110 volt???? I can't locate info in my manual regarding the switch!! DEERJOHN
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the thermostat on my 2000 Itasca Suncruiser has a switch on the right side that is marked as electric heat????? Does my furnace operate on LP gas and/or 110 volt???? I can't locate info in my manual regarding the switch!! DEERJOHN
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Its referring to the heat pump in the AC.
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You may have a heat strip on the roof air but it will do little more than break the chill off the air. You probably still have a furnace that uses 12 volt dc and lp gas for fuel to do real heating when the weather is cold.
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Your thermostat controls two seperate items - the LP furnace and the air conditioners. The LP furnace is your prime heating source and uses 12 volts to run the blower fan and ignite the propane burner. Your air conditioner must have heat pumps on it, otherwise you wouldn't have that thermostat. Heat pumps are basically air conditioners operating in reverse. They produce heat inside and send the cool air outside. They utilize the rooftop vents and duct system so they will not heat the basement (which can then freeze water lines up in cold weather). They also are less efficient and don't operate under 40 degrees ambient temperature. However, if it's not all that cold out and you are plugged into a campground's shore power they can be a good source of free heat and can stretch your propane use out over a longer time. If you are in the northern part of the country and it's winter, you can forget about the heat pumps and just use the furnace. Most thermostats are also programmed to kick in both the heat pumps and gas furnace when in the "electric heat" position if the thermostat set temperature and current temperature are more than 5 degrees apart. This speeds up the initial warm-up. The next time the thermostat calls for heat, just the heat pumps will kick in.
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