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 Post subject: What Should I Expect from the Cabin Heater
PostPosted: Mon Oct 25, 2021 9:29 pm 
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OK -- I live in Southern California so I hardly ever need heat.

We are having a nice rain today so I turned up the temperature to 74 to see how the heater worked.

Not much in the manual explaining how to turn the heater on, so I am guessing I just turn the temp up.

It worked but it didn't seem to get very hot. However, I only went for a short drive.

I know how it functions so I am wondering... How long does it take to warm up and how hot should it get?

Most of what I read talks about heater failure. I am guessing if it had failed, it wouldn't heat up at all.

Greg

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 Post subject: Re: What Should I Expect from the Cabin Heater
PostPosted: Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:57 pm 
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If you use Auto Normal mode, not ECO LO or ECO HI, and set it at least 10 degrees above ambient, it should get quite warm within a minute or two.

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 Post subject: Re: What Should I Expect from the Cabin Heater
PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2021 12:27 am 
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Thank you for the suggestion...

I did discover that making sure I hit AC Off really helps. I never thought about the ECO mode.

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 Post subject: Re: What Should I Expect from the Cabin Heater
PostPosted: Sun Oct 31, 2021 9:21 pm 
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Here, it's fairly slow to produce heat. It has to heat water, then circulate it to the OEM heater core. I don't feel discernable heat for about 2.5 minutes.

Unfortunately, this is one of those systems where asking for a higher temperature really does get you hotter air: move the temperature higher and you get hotter air (for a while). It modulates the output temperature, though poorly, IME.

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