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Old 12-18-2016, 07:01 AM   #1
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Are my tank heaters working?

We finally got some cold weather and a chance to see if the pads are working. Still not sure. How warm should they feel to the touch? Should it be obvious that they are heating? I put my hand around the ones on the waste tank drains and am just not feeling any remarkable heat.

I may have to pull some wires apart and measure current drain but hopefully someone can clue me in short of that.
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Our coach has an Electrical Management System with a display. When I turn on the system heat, I can see (on the display) the current into the coach increase. Once I isolate (disconnect) the bay heater, the conclusion I draw is that the tank heat pads are working.
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Maybe it was not cold enough. Most heaters have an on off switch and a thermostat. The temp has to drop below 38 deg. or so to work. (Not a wall thermostat, but a inline thermostat.)
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I think the OP is talking about tank heating pads, not basement heat.
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I think the OP is talking about tank heating pads, not basement heat.
Yes, of course he is talking about heating pads. The thermostat I am referring to is a set thermostat. It is not adjustable. It closes at 38 degrees or so and provides current to the pads only when needed. You would not see it. It would be in the line between the switch and the pads.
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