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Old 08-06-2017, 07:35 AM   #1
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Heat Pump or Not?

Looking at replacing our A/C unit. Currently, have the low profile AC/HP. I have been told by a couple people that the HP switch over system is the most vulnerable part of the unit and is nearly impossible to repair.

Anyone have an opinion on that? I could easily go without the HP side f the unit anyway.
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Well it's mechanical and like anything it's another part to repair. My experience is 14 years with a heat pump unit. No repairs to date. It does save a lot of propane without a doubt. The up charge I paid when I ordered this unit has been more than covered by the savings of the cost of propane. Keep in mind that it's just not the cost of the reversing valve. A heat pump is most likely going to have more wear on all the components due to increased run time. On the other hand your furnace will probably have an increased life span.

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Since you need 120vac to run the heat pump but want to keep things simple a small ceramic heater would probably work as a heat supplement. Still uses electric you would have been using. Plus it's a lot quieter than the ac fan.
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In heat pump mode, you still have the cycling (noise) of the AC unit. That bothers some people a lot more than it does others. To me that's a bigger issue than the longevity of either unit. None of this stuff lasts forever.

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We have a heat pump in our trailer and do use it - it came with the trailer when we bought it - used.

Works ok, but if I had to replace the AC I doubt if I would pay the extra for that feature.

Another expensive thing to give problems! I might consider a heat strip in the AC if it is less $$.

An inexpensive alternative is a small electric heater - I feel that is a better option.

Apart from the cost aspect, heat pumps don't work when the temp is close to freezing.
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Apart from the cost aspect, heat pumps don't work when the temp is close to freezing.
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.... and while trying to work in the high 30's low 40's they run continuously all night long. Ear plugs anyone?

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HP aren't very effective below 45 degrees. I'll run it in the morning with electric heaters to get the temp up where it's bearable and then turn it off. At night we usually throw on more blankets when it's freezing or below and run the furnace at 45 degrees.
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We have a heat pump in our trailer and do use it - it came with the trailer when we bought it - used.

Works ok, but if I had to replace the AC I doubt if I would pay the extra for that feature.

Another expensive thing to give problems! I might consider a heat strip in the AC if it is less $$.

An inexpensive alternative is a small electric heater - I feel that is a better option.

Apart from the cost aspect, heat pumps don't work when the temp is close to freezing.


I also had a heat strip on my 2001 Safari and can speak to that topic. First the heat strip to me is woefully slow in bringing a cold trailer up to temp. Secondly unless things have changed, the heat strip had no thermostatic control. So that means you are constantly having to turn it off on on to maintain an even temperature in the trailer. That got old really fast.

To me if you can live with the noise of the AC in the summer, the noise during the cooler seasons isn't the end of the world. We've found that when you hit 40 or so, it's time to switch to furnace. That furnace is not a quiet appliance either. For those who may want to use a space heater in lieu of the furnace in frozen climes, remember that the furnace will circulate air in plumbing and tank areas to prevent freezing. Use of space heaters or the heat pump will not do that.
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Heat strip, even with its limits, has saved our cheese when some dummy let the propane supply get low one cold night.
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Heat pump is noisy and not effective below something like 40 degrees. We've used it but prefer to use the electric heater we carry in marginal conditions. Colder begs the furnace. But once the furnace brings the temp up, the electric heater can maintain it.
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The noise is awful, and heat should be directed to your feet, not your face. We never used it, instead our whisper-quiet Dyson heater or a ceramic space heater prior to that.
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We use ours all the time in spring and fall. Mine puts out really good heat down to upper 30s.
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