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Old 11-05-2014, 07:52 AM   #1
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Can I leave the Dometic Thermostat on Auto in cold weather?

I have a 2015 Bunkhouse 30' FC and there is no user manual for the Dometic Thermostat. At the moment, I am camping just south of Rochester, MN while I vacation for two weeks at Mayo Clinic.

Temps have been in the low 50's during the day but dropping to 30 at night. The campsites have full electric, so I have been turning to HP (heat pump) during the day when it's warmer, but at night as it cools down I change it to FURN (furnace) so that I can save propane.

I am wondering if the AUTO setting on the thermostat will allow the heat pump to run when it's warm enough, but switch to propane if it is too cold for the heat pump?

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Old 11-05-2014, 09:10 AM   #2
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You will need to get your dealer to produce the manual for the thermostat. It is complicated and is not at all intuitive on how it works.

I am not near my Airstream with the Dometic thermostat (and manual) right now, but as I recall the AUTO feature changes from heating to cooling automatically, but I don't think it changes from heat pump to furnace. However, I honestly am not sure if there is any setting which does that. Maybe someone with access to the manual can look it up. Possibly the manual is posted on line somewhere too, again only a thought.
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Old 11-05-2014, 09:13 AM   #3
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Good question. I just looked at my user manual and it is silent as to your question. Seems to me that a heuristic test may be in order. Try it while you are able to stick around to see the result.

If you do this, kindly post the results so we can all learn.

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Old 11-05-2014, 09:23 AM   #4
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Hibby,

We have the Dometic Comfort Control Center thermostat (version 1) in our 2008 Safari. When set on "Heat Pump" it automatically switches to the furnace when the heat pump can no longer provide heat due to the outside temperature. It will switch back to the heat pump from the furnace if/when the outdoor temperatures rise enough for the heat pump to work.

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Old 11-05-2014, 11:15 AM   #5
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In my 2013 Classic with 2 roof air/heat pumps, Zone 1 on automatic will run the heat pump until it is too cold (night), then automatically switch to the propane furnace, and then back to the heat pump when the temperature rises again (mid morning). Zone 2 is only heat pump, fan, or a/c.
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Old 11-05-2014, 11:52 AM   #6
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Can I leave the Dometic Thermostat on Auto in cold weather?

Aaah! That's good information... I only have one A/C Unit, so tonight I will try the heat pump setting to see if it switches over automatically to the furnace. This will be a heuristic test with an educated guess, yes? I will post my results!


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Looking forward to your post, Hibby. I'm curious to know the answer. It would be great if that is the way it works.
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FWIW here's the manual. Good luck.
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Aaah! That's good information... I only have one A/C Unit, so tonight I will try the heat pump setting to see if it switches over automatically to the furnace. This will be a heuristic test with an educated guess, yes? I will post my results!


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I discovered it quite by accident in the middle of a cold night. It was a pleasant surprise.
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The automatic setting also switches from a/c to heat pump as needed.
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