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Old 01-17-2013, 07:34 AM   #1
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Heat Strip questions

Hey guys,

My 1978 31' Sovereign has a coleman a/c with heat strips in it. Last night I wanted to test how well they would heat my trailer. It was below freezing when I turned them on, and it has come to my attention that the circuit I have my trailer plugged into at the house is only a 15 amp circuit.

I could not get it to blow warm air at all. Is it because it is only on a 15 amp circuit? Is there a separate breaker for the heat strips and the blower? Is it because it was below a certain temp? I think I remember The PO told me that the heat strips were not directly connected to the thermostat, so it should just blow warm air regardless of the furnace thermostat, but I haven't experimented with it.

Any ideas or thoughts?

Thanks a bunch!

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Old 01-17-2013, 07:38 AM   #2
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Are you sure the unit has heat strips, and not just a heat pump?

The heat pump will not produce any heat with temps below about 35 degrees.

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Old 01-17-2013, 07:49 AM   #3
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A thought.

The newer Coleman heat strips have a reset button (which trips at the drop of a hat), and has to be reset manually. This procedure is hard; you have to remove the cowling on the inside of the trailer, and then remove the heat strip device to get at the reset button.

This was mandated by the government (looking after our best interests, of course ;-) ). The fix, is to replace the manual reset with an automatic.

With a previous SOB trailer, I had a Coleman unit. I called their tech support, asked them about the fix (replacing the manual with the automatic reset button) and they said it would take care of the problem.

Maybe your unit is one of the newer versions that has the manual reset buttons?
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I am not sure if it is a heat pump or heat strips....how do I ascertain which it is?
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:13 AM   #5
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Seems like the site it having problems this morning. EDIT; and it continues.

If you know the model of your AC, call Coleman tech and have them tell you. I suspect you've got heat strips.

If not, take pictures inside and out, and be prepared to send the pics to them.

They'll help you out!
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